Torc Robotics, an independent subsidiary of Daimler Truck, will soon put autonomous trucks on the road in the U.S. In collaboration with C.R. England, one of North America’s premier transportation companies, Torc will implement a pilot program leveraging C.R. England’s temperature-controlled loads and the company’s fleet of SAE Level 4 autonomous test trucks for long-haul applications.

Information from the pilot will include unique insights, and will help guide the development and ongoing commercialization of autonomous trucks for long-haul applications. Initial planning will begin mid-2023, with on-road tests soon after.

The development of autonomous trucks in North America

Joanna Buttler, Head of Autonomous Technology Group at Daimler Truck, commented: “We listen very closely to our customers to understand their business requirements. Torc’s collaboration with C.R. England allows for unique insights into truckload freight that will help integrating with fleet industry logistics. While developing a safe and reliable redundant truck platform for the integration of our partner’s autonomous technology, co-creation will bring us closer to our goal of commercializing and implementing autonomous trucking within this decade.”

“Torc is thrilled to be partnering with C.R. England to better improve long-haul trucking safety for one of the premium service providers and largest refrigerated carriers in the nation,” added Peter Vaughan Schmidt, Torc Robotics CEO. “The data derived from the pilot will contribute to our safety and validation efforts and use cases for autonomous trucking.”


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