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 http://bit.ly/1t94g1i
    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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