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Daimler developing driverless technology

  • Daimler (DDAIF) is now rivaling Google, after unveiling a self-driving truck prototype, named Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025. Unlike Google's pod-shaped, two-seat vehicle, Daimler is aiming its driverless technology at freight transport and the trucking industry.
  • The truck is intended to hit the market by 2025, although it will have to pass many regulatory and legal hurdles, and poses clashes with freight unions.
  • Regarding the level of supervision required for operating the vehicle, Daimler announced "its truck model still requires human oversight while freeing the driver to perform back-office tasks such as handling bookings and billing, or planning future itineraries."
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  • june1234
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    If the car can drive itself what does it need me for. What if it wants to go somewhere and I want to go somewhere else? I can see some advantages in traffic court. Hey it wasn't me driving.
    4 Jul 2014, 06:31 AM Reply Like
  • Uncle Pie
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    This will make it easier to JUST STAY HOME.
    4 Jul 2014, 08:01 AM Reply Like
  • Andreas Hopf
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    And end up like the cruise ship passengers in
    5 Jul 2014, 12:05 PM Reply Like
  • MisterJ
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    4 Jul 2014, 11:41 AM Reply Like
  • User 25750893
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    What happens if it hits and kills a person? Who is the one to be responsible?
    5 Jul 2014, 10:27 PM Reply Like
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