“Honey, is that a big truck with no driver barreling behind us.“
Freightliner, owned by Daimler AG (Mercedes), has revealed the first road-legal self-driven really big semi.
Oddly termed the “Inspiration Truck”, the Freightliner will be the first autonomous commercial truck to drive on American roads. Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval and Daimler Chairman Wolfgang Bernhard just bolted on its *Autonomous Vehicle* license plate to prove it’s reality.
Chairman Bernhard says that – unlike drones – the self-driving rig will still have a driver. But kind of like a pilot on autopilot, the driver will monitor the situation and gauges. Incredibly the truck will read road signs and traffic signals on its own.
Whether it will decipher “Road Work 500 FT” has yet to be established.