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Daimler to test self-driving trucks in Germany this year, paper says
Last Updated: 2015-07-27 00:18 | Reuters-Global Times
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Germany-based carmaker Daimler plans to test self-driving trucks as early as this year, executive board member Wolfgang Bernhard told a German newspaper.

"We are positive that we will get approval for tests on German motorways within the next few weeks," Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung quoted him as saying in an article on Saturday. "Then we will start immediately."

The initial tests will take place in Daimler's home state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, but production will not start for another two to three years, Bernhard, who is in charge of Daimler's truck business, told the paper.

"We are leaders in this technology and will stand on our own," Bernhard said, acknowledging that Apple Inc, Google Inc and other companies were trying to position themselves in the promising business of autonomous driving.

He said that Daimler was not concerned about moves by companies such as Apple to poach Daimler employees.

"That is a clear sign of recognition if Apple decides that your business (cars) is so important to them that they want to be part of it."

Google earlier this month began testing self-driving cars in Austin, Texas, expanding efforts to gather information on how the prototypes interact with traffic, road conditions and people.

On July 16, Google reported its 14th accident in six years and about 1.9 million miles of testing but the company said that its driverless cars did not cause any of the collisions.

Technology groups and vehicle manufacturers and suppliers have said the technology to build self-driving cars should be ready by 2020.


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