Daimler Trucks will continue to work closely with Daimler's Mercedes-Benz Cars passenger car division in the development of technology for automated driving in order to exploit maximum synergies, the company said.
Daimler is regarded as a pioneer in automated trucks. As early as 2014, the company presented the Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025, the world's first automated truck, and demonstrated the technical possibilities and great potential of automated trucks for business and society. In 2015, Daimler's Freightliner Inspiration Truck became the first semi-automated commercial vehicle ever to be approved for road use. In the same year, the world premiere of the Mercedes-Benz Actros with Highway Pilot took place on public roads.
With immediate effect, Dr. Peter Vaughan Schmidt, previously Head of Strategy at Daimler Trucks, will head the Autonomous Technology Group. In his previous position, Schmidt has already developed the strategy for automated vehicles at Daimler Trucks.