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Daimler Trucks North America announced a three-year, $3 million, first-of-its-kind partnership with the American Center for Mobility that will allow customers to experience DTNA’s in-vehicle technology at test sites on ACM’s 500-acre campus in suburban Detroit.
ACM is a collaborative effort by government, industry and academic organizations to accelerate the mobility industry through research, standards development and educational programming, according to Portland, Ore.-based DTNA.
The partnership agreement between DTNA and ACM represents the first collaboration by ACM with a manufacturer of medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles and formalizes a long-standing relationship between ACM and DTNA, whose Detroit brand has used the center for multiple years to demonstrate its technologies for customers and distributors.
Daimler Trucks North America
“The advanced technologies offered in our trucks have the potential to save lives and reduce operating costs, making demonstration of those technologies at the ACM’s facility a perfect complement to their mission of accelerating mobility development across transportation segments,” David Carson, senior vice president of sales for DTNA, said in a release.
In addition to ACM’s test environments, including a 2.5-mile highway experience that accommodates Class 8 trucks at high speeds, DTNA said its financial support and extensive knowledge of work truck operations facilitated the creation of a new off-road course within the ACM test center.
“ACM’s partnership with DTNA illustrates how our shared-use facility can be used to showcase products to customers,” said Reuben Sarkar, CEO of ACM. “Customers can see and experience products firsthand in purpose-built driving environments. ACM is not just a test facility for validating technologies; we are also a product showcase venue.” — Transport Topics
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