Progress in Testing and Production
A variety of autonomous vehicles, meant for everything from ridesharing applications in urban and suburban cities to last mile fulfillment that provides quick and inexpensive deliveries, are currently in the pilot stage Along with tech giants like Google, most OEMs are continuing to invest in autonomous vehicle development. China-based Alibaba is testing driverless robotics to complete deliveries to secure lockers.
Commercial OEMs are moving beyond prototypes and to on-road testing of varying form factors and levels of autonomy on roads and highways. Leading heavy-duty OEM Daimler’s 2020 Freightliner Cascadia truck offers SAE Level 2 autonomy--the first Class 8 produced in the United States. The company will also move to SAE Level 4 testing at some point in 2019. Tesla’s semi-autonomous truck expects to launch early production sometime this year, with multiple sightings on roads in California. TuSimple expects to create the largest self-driving fleet this year, expanding their fleet to 40 trucks as well as adding interstate travel, with their sights …
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