"Freightliner Inspiration", a Semi-autonomous Truck with 3D Cameras
At a presentation atop the Hoover Dam, Freightliner and Daimler pulled the wraps off of their Freightliner Inspiration truck, the first self-driving commercial truck in the world to receive a full license to operate on public roads, at least in the State of Nevada, USA. The Freightliner Inspiration is still a test vehicle; don't expect to buy one before 2025!
In hardware terms, the truck isn’t much different from the latest trucks and passenger cars Daimler is putting on the road. A stereoscopic camera reads lane lines. Short- and long-range radar scan the road up to 800 feet ahead for obstacles. No sensors face backward, because they’re not needed. There’s no vehicle-to-vehicle communication, no LIDaR. The software algorithms are adjusted versions of those developed for use in Mercedes-Benz’s autonomous vehicles. Video persentation here under.