Nevada Officially Sanctions Freightliner Autonomous Class-8 Truck
State Requested Safety Information Before Approval
Technology is often a double-edged sword, with many people benefiting from advancements and others often losing their jobs because of it. In this early stage of autonomous vehicles, it’s a little early to say how things will finally play out for the majority of drivers. Nevertheless, the inevitability in the advancement of technology is undeniable. Symbolic of the rapidly advancing state of technology in the automotive sector, the state of Nevada just official granted Freightliner permission to operate an autonomous Class-8 truck on public roads in the state.
Governor Brian Sandoval joined representatives and executives from Daimler Trucks North America at the event held Tuesday, May 5. Part of the ceremony included the governor affixing a special autonomous vehicle license plate on the Freightliner Inspiration. Nevada is one of four states in the U.S. that have regulations and legislation that govern the operation of autonomous vehicles, the other three being Michigan, California, and Florida.
The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles asked for extensive documentation and data of the safety of the autonomous driving systems before granting the permit. For the time being, Nevada law requires a human operator to be in the driver seat and be able to take over the controls in the event of an emergency or malfunction. The other notable company in the heavy truck segment pioneering autonomous technology is Volvo, which has performed autonomous vehicle trials in Europe but not yet in North America.
Source: Daimler Trucks North America