The self-propelled car could come sooner than expected. Later this year, the Daimler Group will tentatively send trucks on highways, where the computer replaces the driver, such as Daimler Board of Management Wolfgang Bernhard of the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung” said. “We are confident that we will get over the next few weeks, the authorization for tests on the German Autobahn,” he said – and added:
Daimler is planning, according to the managers nationwide tests, starting with Baden-Württemberg. With the mass production of the semi-autonomous trucks Bernhard counted “in two or three years” before the respective cars come on the market. “Technically, we can get it out,” he expressed confidence.
The new technology increasing the safety of road traffic, Bernhard said. “97 percent of accidents based on human factors. The machine moves a total safer than man.” Quite unnecessary drivers using this technique will certainly not: “There will always be a man sitting there who ensures that nothing happens.” It will be possible, “driving while completely over to the machine, also the braking and accelerating.” But man must monitor the drive.
Until the fully autonomous driving but will take some time, Bernhard said. “As well as Apple, Google and Co. want to be there.” Terror Daimler let itself not by the new competition: “We drive in this matter forward and let us not take the bread the butter.”
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