- The Inspiration's "Highway Pilot system" is loaded with cameras, radars, other sensors and computer hardware like most autonomous vehicles. However, it's not completely self-driving -- it still needs a human driver behind the wheel.
- According to the big rig's official website, when the semi-autonomous system takes over, its sensors and computers are "responsible for maintaining legal speed, staying in the selected lane, keeping a safe braking distance from other vehicles, and slowing or stopping the vehicle based on traffic and road conditions.”
- The truck had to undergo rigorous testing before it was granted a license and had to drive over 10,000 miles on a circuit in Germany. At the moment, there are two operational Inspiration trucks, and it's unclear if Daimler's making more of them.
The first self-driving big rig licensed to operate in the US
5. 6. 15 by Tom Harper