The State of Nevada has granted a full license to an autonomous truck, the Freightliner Inspiration Truck with Highway Pilot system, from Daimler Trucks, a division of Mercedes-Benz. It is the first autonomous truck to be granted a license for road use, the company said.

The Highway Pilot technology comprises a front radar, stereo camera and Adaptive Cruise Control, Mercedes-Benz said. It uses a stereo camera and radar systems with lane-keeping and collision-prevention functions to regulate speed, braking and steering. “This combination of systems creates an autonomous vehicle that can operate safely under a wide range of driving conditions – the truck automatically complies with posted speed limits, regu­lates the distance from the vehicle ahead or uses the stop-and-go function during rush hour,” Mercedes Benz said.

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