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Freightliner Inspiration autonomous commercial truck (pictures)

Unveiled today in Las Vegas, this big-rig features a Highway Pilot system that lets it drive itself during long highway hauls.

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The Inspiration Truck doesn't transform, but it can roll out without a driver's intervention on the highway.

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Just above the shiny new plate is the sensor package that lets the Inspiration watch the road when the driver isn't.

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The autonomous Inspiration gets its license to drive in state of Nevada.

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The truck's design is a futuristic spin on the classic commercial truck proportions.

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The truck's design is a futuristic spin on the classic commercial truck proportions.

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Blue illumination indicates that the Inspiration is no ordinary truck.

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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).

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Autonomous tech should, according to Freightliner, reduce accidents due to driver fatigue.

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The truck rides low on aerodynamic wheels.

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Much of the Freightliner autonomous tech present here draws upon and builds on Mercedes-Benz' work in the field.

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The truck can steer to keep itself between lane markers, maintain a safe distance behind a lead vehicle, and safely pass if asked.

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Stereoscopic cameras behind this panel feed 3D imagery to the truck's electronic brain.

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The Inspiration Truck doesn't transform, but it can roll out without a driver's intervention on the highway.

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