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Today's Pickup: Daimler Trucks, Torc Robotics To Expand Autonomous Driving Testing

Today's Pickup: Daimler Trucks, Torc Robotics To Expand Autonomous Driving Testing

Good day,

Daimler Trucks (OTC: DDAIF) and its partner Torc Robotics plans to expand Level 4 autonomous vehicle testing in the U.S., the companies announced in a press release this morning.

Level 4 vehicles are able to operate without a driver in the vehicle, although in current testing in Virginia, a driver is always in the vehicle for safety reasons. The release did not specify where the additional testing will take place.

"Safety is our highest priority. By expanding our testing to new routes in the U.S. we are able to learn more, work with various partners and apply our advanced testing methods to new environments. ThesFDaie learnings help us to achieve our goal of safe and reliable highly automated driving, delivering value to our customers and society," Peter Vaughan Schmidt, head of autonomous technology group at Daimler Trucks, said.

Daimler and Torc began testing Level 4 vehicles in southwest Virginia last year.

Last year, Daimler introduced Detroit 5.0 with Active Lane Assist on its Freightliner Cascadia. Detroit Assurance 5.0 features an integrated radar and camera system and offers active lane assist, collision mitigation, and adaptive cruise control among other features. It will maintain lane position of a truck and can stop a vehicle if it detects an impending collision.

The test trucks use Torc's Asimov autonomous driving system.

"We have always said that commercializing road-ready Level 4 vehicles is a marathon, not a sprint. By partnering with Daimler Trucks, the inventor of the truck and market leader of the industry, we believe the technology will be introduced safely and reliably," Michael Fleming, CEO of Torc Robotics, said.

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Final thoughts

A lot of news happening, but one that will potentially fly under the radar is the announcement agreement that the Dairy Farmers of America will acquire dozens of plants from bankrupt Dean Foods. The agreement, if approved by the bankruptcy court, will ensure production capacity remains for milk and related products, potentially halting a dangerous time in the industry that could have led to a milk shortage and driven prices skyward.

Borden Dairy, also one of the largest dairy producers, filed for bankruptcy in January. Both companies face similar problems – fewer Americans drinking milk and small family farms that are shutting down at near-record rates – but the loss of these two heavyweights could have devasted an already fragile dairy industry. The Dairy Farmers may have saved the day, at least temporarily.

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Hammer down, everyone!


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