Daimler Trucks & Buses is establishing a new Automated Truck Research & Development Center in Portland (Oregon). The new research and development center develops and fine-tunes systems for automated driving at Daimler Trucks & Buses according to a comprehensive technology strategy. The center’s experts are dedicated to all aspects of developing, testing and validating automated vehicles.
The engineers in Portland work in close cooperation with their colleagues in the research and development centers at Daimler Trucks locations in Stuttgart (Germany) and Bangalore (India), thus forming a global network. Through close interconnections within the Daimler Group and the exchange of experience and expertise gained from previous research projects, Daimler Trucks & Buses will benefit from valuable synergies with other vehicle divisions in future as well, especially from the passenger car unit.
Automated driving offers enormous advantages in the logistics business, with the potential to mitigate the shortage of truck drivers around the world. From a technological point of view, there is still a long way to go until trucks can drive fully autonomously. Automated vehicles must be as safe as possible. We are putting all our effort into this at Daimler Trucks. Our new research and development center is an important milestone on this road. We are strengthening our efforts in this area to leverage synergies in the development of these key technologies across the globe.—Martin Daum, member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, responsible for Daimler Trucks & Buses
Daimler Trucks is investing a total of more than €2.5 billion in research and development in 2018 and 2019. More than €500 million of this will go toward e-mobility, connectivity and automated commercial vehicle technology. (Earlier post.) This also includes investment in the new research and development center for automated driving in Portland.