Daimler Truck, which envisions autonomous trucking arising first in North America, reported a custom Class 8 chassis specifically intended to support SAE Level 4 driving is being outfitted through its partnership with the autonomous technology company Waymo.
The Freightliner Cascadia model includes backup systems for steering, braking, low-voltage power net and communication network. It reflects more than 1,500 new and unique requirements from Waymo Via, the autonomous goods delivery unit of Waymo, according to the Stuttgart, Germany, company. Freightliner is a brand of Portland, Ore.-based Daimler Trucks North America.
Daimler’s announcement follows one in October where Volvo Autonomous Solutions announced its first major steps toward the autonomous Volvo VNL model in North America, drawing on its partnership with Aurora Innovation Inc., a self-driving vehicle technology company.