Daimler speeds up self-driving trucking technology

Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler, the world’s biggest maker of commercial vehicles, will spend €500m and create 200 new jobs to accelerate autonomous technology for trucking.

The group announced the investment as it unveiled the Freightliner Cascadia, which will go on sale in 2019 and be the first truck in North America to feature partially-automated assistance, at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Daimler Trucks chief executive Martin Daum pledged to take the lead in autonomous vehicles with a goal of deploying “highly automated driving” within a decade.