Technology: Inside a self-driving truck with Torc Robotics
Torc Robotics will open its third U.S. location in Austin, Texas, in early 2022. The approximately 21,000-square-foot office will complement the self-driving truck firm’s Blacksburg, Virginia, headquarters and its Albuquerque, New Mexico, test center. The expansion coincides with the recent two-year anniversary of Torc joining the Daimler Truck family as an independent subsidiary.
In addition to testing in other regions, Torc manages a fully operational test facility in Albuquerque, running multiple routes and shifts each day on New Mexico highways. This past year, Torc expanded on-road testing in Texas. Additional routes are planned based on major freight haulage lanes.
The expansion into Austin is part of Torc’s continued, steady growth since Daimler Truck acquired a majority share two years ago. Torc has more than tripled in size and continues to grow. In 2020, Torc expanded its footprint in Blacksburg adding nearly 16,000 square feet to its headquarters, and in 2021 the company added 28,000 square feet of office space for its workforce in Blacksburg’s Corporate Research Center.
Torc and Daimler Truck have pledged to commercialize Level 4 autonomous trucks at scale within the decade. Level 4 vehicles can operate autonomously under certain conditions and parameters.