Autonomous trucks reach a new milestone (with video)

“The big difference between Level 1 and Level 2 autonomous is electronic steering in addition to adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, blind-spot warning, pedestrian warning, collision avoidance, and active brake assist,” according to Bobby Camp, Shop Manager at Covenant Transport Group in Chattanooga, Tennessee. On the road, the truck is extremely intelligent and keeps an eye on things beyond the driver’s field of view with the major change being Detroit’s Assurance technology being able to calculate both the speed and distance of vehicles in front of the truck. The forward-facing camera quickly ascertains whether or not following distance is increasing or decreasing, and in the case of the latter the truck automatically slows, downshifting and engaging the engine brake in the process – all without the driver doing anything but remaining vigilant.