Daimler Series-Production Autonomous Trucks edge closer

In News, Daimler1 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineJanuary 12, 2024

Daimler Truck has selected Aeva as the supplier of long and ultra-long-range LiDAR for its series production autonomous commercial vehicle program.

Under the production collaboration, Aeva will supply its latest Aeva Atlas automotive grade 4D LiDAR technology to Daimler Truck and collaborate with Torc Robotics to enable SAE Level 4 autonomous vehicle capabilities, beginning with the Class 8 Freightliner Cascadia truck platform.

Daimler Truck intends to integrate the LiDAR sensors directly in its production process, making it easy for customers to buy autonomous ready trucks directly out of its manufacturing plants without the need for sensors to be retrofitted.

Torc in turn will sell its virtual driver technology and supporting Mission Control services as a subscription to customers. Its driving software will use Aeva’s perception software, built around Aeva’s instant velocity data, to detect objects faster, further away, and with higher accuracy.

The multi-year collaboration begins in the first quarter of 2024 with Aeva’s start of production by 2026 and Daimler Truck production ramp by 2027.