In the transport industry, Level 4 is regarded as the next logical step after Level 2 to increase safety, efficiency and productivity. Daimler’s new Autonomous Technology Group will have a global presence; its experts work at various locations within Daimler's worldwide development network. These include Portland and Blacksburg in the USA and Stuttgart in Germany. With the establishment and deployment of a test fleet, further locations will be added. The Blacksburg-based company Torc Robotics will be part of the newly founded Autonomous Technology Group, provided the US authorities approve the acquisition.
The development of software for highly automated driving is one of the main areas of activity of the Autonomous Technology Group. Another is the so-called vehicle project: On the one hand, it is responsible for the redundancy of the vehicle chassis, so that the vehicle systems can take over the tasks of the driver in traffic and thus guarantee maximum safety. On the other hand, the vehicle project also deals with the integration of sensors for automated driving (camera, lidar, radar), which together with a highly accurate map are responsible for ensuring that the fully automated truck is able to navigate in traffic. The infrastructure and network for the operational use of vehicles, which will be set up by the Autonomous Technology Group as another main activity, consists of a main control centre for the vehicles and further stations at the logistics hubs.