LAS VEGAS (MAY 7, 2015) — Nevada has granted Daimler Trucks North America a license to operate a driverless “autonomous” commercial truck on an open, public highway.
Nevada is one of four states, plus the District of Columbia, with laws regulating autonomous vehicle operation, Daimler Trucks said. Legislation passed in 2011 and 2013 includes commercial trucks and sets standards specifying the number of miles an autonomous vehicle must have been tested in certain conditions before it can be granted a license to be driven in Nevada.
“The autonomous vehicle technology we are showcasing in the Freightliner Inspiration Truck will help reduce accidents, improve fuel consumption, cut highway congestion, and safeguard the environment,” said Wolfgang Bernhard, member of the board of management of Daimler A.G./Daimler Trucks & Buses.
“Daimler Trucks North America is committed to developing the latest technology to meet our customers' needs and delivering the best commercial trucks in the world. We are proud to get this vehicle on the road here today.”
Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval granted Daimler Trucks its license at a ceremony May 6 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
“Nevada is proud to be making transportation history today by hosting the first U.S. public highway drive for a licensed autonomous commercial truck,” Gov. Sandoval said. “The application of this innovative technology to one of America's most important industries will have a lasting impact on our state and help shape the New Nevada economy.”
“Our goal was to not only showcase what is technologically possible,” Mr. Bernhard said, “but to do it in a regulated environment with safety standards and other oversight requirements.”