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Iveco joined driverless truck technology company Plus for the launch of an autonomous pilot program in Europe and China, the companies announced Dec. 20.
Plus will integrate its autonomous trucking technology with the latest generation of connected heavy-duty truck from Iveco. This first joint trial will test and demonstrate the performance of the integrated systems across a wide range of environments and driving conditions.
“We have always emphasized the need for expansive testing to validate that an autonomous driving system is able to handle diverse weather, terrains and driving scenarios,” Plus co-founder Shawn Kerrigan said. “This pilot will accelerate our efforts to start production of autonomous trucks that combine Plus’ production-ready, high-performance, full-stack Level 4 autonomous driving technology with Iveco’s deep engineering expertise and focus on safety and sustainability.”
Iveco is the commercial vehicles brand of the capital goods sector company CNH Industrial. The S-WAY is a heavy-duty commercial truck produced by the company that is designed to be completely connected for fleet management and on-board living.
The companies said the level of comprehensive testing involved in the pilot will help gather data and validate the design integral to S-WAY autonomous production.
“As the only autonomous trucking technology company that has already started delivering a commercial product to customers in the heavy-haulage sector, Plus has developed a clear and compelling strategy to launch a driver-in solution first and then a Level 4 autonomous truck,” said Marco Liccardo, Iveco chief technology and digital officer. “This is in line with our customer-centric view of a more automated and safe truck aiming at improving productivity and reducing operating costs.” — Transport Topics
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