Daimler Trucks is forming an Autonomous Technology Group to address the efforts that are needed to create highly automated trucks within the next 10 years.
The new unit will be effective June 1 and will be tasked with comprising overall strategy and implementation of the automated driving structure, Commercial Carrier Journal reports. In addition, the new unit will also maximize the effectiveness of the company's automated driving efforts.
“We are the pioneer for automated trucks. With the formation of our global Autonomous Technology Group, we are taking the next step, underscoring the importance of highly automated driving for Daimler Trucks, the industry and society as well,” says Martin Daum, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG responsible for Trucks and Buses, in a statement.
According to CCJ, the unit will focus on software development for autonomous vehicles and will also key in on a "vehicle project" that will enable systems to take over roles of a professional driver while on the road.
Peter Vaughan Schmidt, currently head of strategy for Daimler trucks, will lead the new unit.