Unveiled today in Las Vegas, this big-rig features a Highway Pilot system that lets it drive itself during long highway hauls.
The Inspiration Truck doesn't transform, but it can roll out without a driver's intervention on the highway.
Just above the shiny new plate is the sensor package that lets the Inspiration watch the road when the driver isn't.
The autonomous Inspiration gets its license to drive in state of Nevada.
The truck's design is a futuristic spin on the classic commercial truck proportions.
Blue illumination indicates that the Inspiration is no ordinary truck.
The driver is still necessary. He or she remains in control of the vehicle in the event that conditions prevent confident autonomy (such as snow or rain).
Autonomous tech should, according to Freightliner, reduce accidents due to driver fatigue.
The truck rides low on aerodynamic wheels.
Much of the Freightliner autonomous tech present here draws upon and builds on Mercedes-Benz' work in the field.
The truck can steer to keep itself between lane markers, maintain a safe distance behind a lead vehicle, and safely pass if asked.
Stereoscopic cameras behind this panel feed 3D imagery to the truck's electronic brain.
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