The first self-driving big-rig hits the road in NevadaFreightliner's Inspiration is a level 3 autonomous truck, able to steer and cruise on the highway while the driver tends to other tasks.
So your probably used to big rig trucks going down the road. They are a fairly common sight, you see them everywhere you go. But the two behind me are special, well, because they can drive themselves. I'm Anton Goodwin for CNET and these are the Freight Liner inspiration trucks. I'm about to hop inside and take a quick spin. On the cluster here you can see highway pilot is available. So I'm gonna go ahead as the driver I have a choice. I can choose to enable it. I'm going to do that. And now I'm being able to run hands-free and feet-free. The truck is actually going to do a jog here based on the lane markings. Completely on its own to maintain lane position. Now we've got the forward looking radar which is looking at the vehicle in front of us to maintain Maintain safe following distance, and then we have the camera pods, up in the upper windshield. That's what's looking at the lane markings, and that's what's allowing the, vehicle to steer itself. So, at this point in time, I'm completely hands free, I've got my cruise control set at 55, and the vehicle is driving down the road on its On its own. Now, what happens if something, for example, we get to a stretch of highway where there are no lane markers? They disappear because of construction. So this is an example of the system telling you, telling me that I need to take control back. Essentially, it's gonna give me a visual warning, followed by an audible warning And then at that point in time, the driver needs to, needs to take control. At any point in time, if I wanna override the system, I can do so. Now, this week, the Freightliner Inspiration truck became the first autonomous truck to receive an autonomous driving For use in the state of Nevada, which means that it can actually drive legally on roads, right now. But with only four states and the district of Columbia being the only ones that are fully autonomous legal in the United States, it'll probably be a while before you see it on a road near you.