Hauling Industry News

Automated Trucking Levels Up

By Pulltarps Mfg | September 24, 2019

Introduction of Active Steering Control Is Next Milestone for Self-Driving Trucks.

Story by B. Cameron Gain | Contributing Writer | www.ttnews.com

After several years of fanfare and debate over when and how self-driving commercial vehicles would reach the market, early forms of this technology are beginning to become an option in new trucks.

The first trucks equipped with automated steering features soon will enter production, advancing the trucking industry to a new stage of driver-assistance technology.

The introduction of automatic steering correction and lane centering, combined with adaptive cruise control and collision mitigation capabilities that already are available, will mark the beginning of Level 2 automated driving in mass-produced trucks.

Level 2 automation, as defined by SAE International, means the system can automate acceleration, braking and lateral movement under certain conditions, but still requires the driver to remain fully engaged at all times.

In the near future, Daimler Trucks North America will provide active steering as an option in Freightliner Cascadia models equipped with its Detroit Assurance 5.0 suite of camera- and radar-based safety technology.