A driverless semi is still years from production, but German automaker Daimler Trucks unveiled a working model today in Nevada. The driverless semi traveled (albeit with a driver steering) the length of the Hoover Dam.
Nevada, which issued a full license for the truck, aims to be a national leader in driverless vehicles. “We are really showing that we’re at the cradle of innovation,” Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval said Tuesday after helping affix the state’s automated vehicle license to the truck. The license is valid and would allow Daimler to use the driverless semi to ship goods within the state’s borders.
“We’re far from that. We’re just getting people inspired,” said Dr. Wolfgang Bernhard, member of the board of management of Daimler AG.