Torc Robotics, DTNA develop Gen 2 Level 4 autonomous Cascadia

by Today's Trucking

BLACKSBURG, Va. – Torc Robotics announced it will scale up its self-driving truck testing in the southwestern U.S. early next year, using a new prototype developed with partner Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA).

Torc says the new Freightliner Cascadia test truck bolsters its ability to develop and test its Level 4 autonomous driving technology. The test trucks are dubbed Gen 2, and are the second version of trucks jointly developed by Torc and DTNA.

(Photo: DTNA)

“To meet the redundancy and performance requirements of a self-driving truck, the traditional truck chassis must be reinvented. Just like any major innovation, it requires a stair-step approach toward the final product. We are taking this one step at a time, with safety as our guiding principle,” said Michael Fleming, Torc’s CEO.

Torc Robotics and DTNA will co-develop a Level 4 autonomous Freightliner Cascadia.

“Our partnership with Torc is critical to our efforts to commercialize a Level 4 highly automated truck,” said Roger Nielsen, president and CEO of DTNA. “Torc’s experience with developing self-driving technology and their focus on safety makes them the ideal partner. Our joint goal is a Level 4 integrated truck that provides true customer value.”

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