Aeva to supply LiDAR technology for Daimler autonomous trucks

Aeva to supply LiDAR technology for Daimler autonomous trucks

Daimler Truck says it intends to integrate the LiDAR sensors directly in its production process.

Daimler Truck announced that Aeva will supply long- and ultra-long range LiDAR for its series production autonomous commercial vehicle program.

Under the production collaboration, Aeva will supply its latest Aeva Atlas automotive grade 4D LiDAR technology to Daimler Truck and collaborate with Torc Robotics to enable SAE Level 4 autonomous vehicle capabilities beginning with the Class 8 Freightliner Cascadia truck platform.

Daimler Truck says it intends to integrate the LiDAR sensors directly in its production process, so customers can buy autonomous ready trucks directly out of its manufacturing plants without the need for sensors to be retrofitted. Torc in turn will sell its virtual driver technology and supporting Mission Control services as a subscription to customers. Its driving software will use Aeva’s perception software.

“Selecting the right LiDAR technology is a crucial strategic decision to safely deploy autonomous trucks on the road. We are convinced that Aeva with its cutting edge and reliable technology is the right production partner for LiDAR sensors and has the manufacturing capabilities to scale along with us,” said Joanna Buttler, head of the global autonomous technology group at Daimler Truck.

The multi-year collaboration begins in the first quarter of 2024 with Aeva’s start of production by 2026 and Daimler Truck production ramp by 2027, the companies said.

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