Daimler Trucks buys self-driving specialist
From Logistics Manager Magazine,
Published Monday 1 April 2019 12:13 pm
Daimler Trucks is acquiring a majority stake in Torc Robotics to accelerate its development of self-driving trucks.
Torc Robotics, based in Blacksburg, Virginia, has developed an
autonomous software solution for mobility applications including
self-driving cars and transit vehicles. It has integrated its
self-driving solutions on ground vehicles ranging from SUVs to 300-ton
“With the ever rising demand for road transport, not the least
through e-commerce, there is a strong business case for self-driving
trucks in the U.S. market and I believe the fastest path to
commercialization for self-driving trucks is in partnership with Daimler
Trucks, the OEM market leader,” said Torc chief executive Michael
Roger Nielsen, chief executive of Daimler Trucks North America, said:
“Torc is not a start-up, but one of the world’s most experienced
companies for vehicle automation. Torc takes a practical approach to
commercialization and offers advanced, road-ready technology, plus years
of experience in heavy vehicles. Torc’s Level 4 system has been shown
to operate well for both urban and highway driving in rain, snow, fog,
The Torc team will work with Daimler Trucks’ developers, particularly
with the research & development team of Daimler Trucks North
America in Portland, Oregon. Torc will continue to develop its Asimov
self-driving software and testing at its Blacksburg facility.
Daimler Trucks North America is working on a truck chassis perfectly
suited for automated driving, particularly the redundancy of systems
needed to provide the maximum level of reliability and safety.
Under the agreement, Torc will remain a separate entity retaining its name, team, existing customers, and facilities in Blacksburg.