Combining the power of man and machine through the use of autonomous trucks, to achieve lower cost of goods, reduce accidents and optimize fuel consumption.
- Daimler¹ is one of the world’s largest producers of premium cars and the largest manufacturer of commercial vehicles.
- Revenues for the Daimler Group have grown from €106 billion in 2011 to €145 billion in the year to September 2015, growing at a CAGR of 8.7%. Revenues for the Daimler truck segment has grown at 6.4% CAGR to €36 billion.
- Founded in 1886, Daimler Group employs 286,000 people and is based out of Stuttgart, Germany.
- Daimler is the first company to test a semi-autonomous truck on public roads.
- The truck can remain in semi-autonomous mode until the system detects a situation such as an intersection or slow traffic ahead, in which case it warns the driver and eventually deactivates the system.
- Autonomous driving will create opportunities for drivers to become transport managers. Autonomous driving will help combine the truck and the driver into an effective and highly efficient combination of man and machine.
- Moving in convoys, driverless trucks avoid unnecessary overtaking and, by using the slipstream of the vehicle in front and by optimizing accelerations and decelerations, they can reduce fuel consumption by 20%.
- Autonomous technology could prevent 90% of crashes that are caused by distracted or drowsy drivers.
- The combination of safer, faster and more economical truck transport through autonomous technology could lower the overall cost of goods.
- Daimler have been working on autonomous driving for two decades. Much of the technology used in autonomous vehicles has a long track record of commercial use in active safety features.
- Daimler Trucks started testing semi-autonomous trucks in 2014 in Nevada in the USA, with further testing undertaken on the autobahn in Germany this year.
- Their autonomous trucks use a combination of radar, lasers and camera systems to identify obstacles and the boundaries of the road.
1. Sources: Daimler; WEF/Accenture Analysis
Daimler is one of more than 100 case studies identified as part of the World Economic Forum’s Digital Transformation of Industries initiative. An overview of the DTI program can be found here.