DAF's parent company PACCAR launches field trial with autonomous driving (+ video) AT-Aandrijftechniek

DAF’s parent company PACCAR launches field trial with autonomous driving (+ video) AT-Aandrijftechniek

PACCAR, the parent company of the DAF, has autonomously launched an extensive field test with Aurora and FedEx in the United States by trucks (Photo: Packer)

Packer On FedEx An extensive field trial began in the United States with autonomous trucks. Vehicles will be used on the Houston and return route from Dallas – about 400 kilometers to one lane. The technology for autonomous driving was jointly developed by PACCAR and Aurora with the aim of further enhancing road safety and traffic efficiency.

Earlier this year, PACCAR partnered with Aurora, a leading US technology company specializing in autonomous driving. FedEx, now one of the world’s largest transport and logistics companies, has joined the alliance. This is the first collaboration between a truck manufacturer, a developer of autonomous driving technology and a logistics service provider.

Regular road network

Self-driving trucks carry FedEx goods between Dallas and Houston on a regular road network, including the I-45, one of the major highways in the United States. Even if the vehicles are driven spontaneously, a driver in each room can always control a truck immediately. This ensures road safety at all times.

Great improvement

“PACCAR is pleased to partner with other reputable companies such as FedEx and Aurora on this innovative project,” said PACCAR Chief Technology Officer John Rich. “FedEx’s entry is proof that PACCAR and Aurora have made great strides together in developing automotive trucks.”

DAF and US Field Test

The technology of trucks used, the use of American roads and vehicles cannot be compared with the situation in Europe. This does not change the fact that DAF will naturally benefit from the knowledge gained by PACCAR, Aurora and FedEx.

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