DAIMLER COLLABORATES WITH AMAZON TO HELP WITH ITS TESTING OF LEVEL 4 SELF-DRIVING TRUCKS

German automobile giant Daimler, the world leader in heavy-goods vehicles, said Wednesday that it had enlisted Amazon to help with its testing of Level 4 self-driving trucks. Daimler subsidiary Torc Robotics, which specializes in vehicle automation software, selected Amazon Web Services as a cloud provider for its upcoming truck tests in the US states of New Mexico and Virginia, the German company said in a statement.

Amazon’s “extensive capabilities” in areas such as data transfer, storage, and analytics would help Torc “accelerate its testing and commercialization” of Level 4 technology, Daimler said.

In October 2020, Daimler also signed a global partnership with Google-Alphabet subsidiary Waymo to equip US company Freightliner’s Cascadia lorries with Level 4 technology. Torc Robotics, which is based in Virginia, first partnered with Daimler Trucks in early 2019 and was later acquired by the German giant.

In June 2020, it announced a partnership with US chip company Nvidia to develop AI driving applications which included Levels 2, 3, and 4.

Vehicle autonomy is classified along a scale from 0 to 5, with 5 indicating essentially total autonomy.

At Level 4 autonomy, a vehicle does not need a driver but operates in a specified geographic area.

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