I rode a semi-autonomous truck at CES 2019

  • Published on Jan 9, 2019
  • Daimler is ready to put its driver assistance tech on the road with a semi-autonomous big rig, four years after the first prototype. We got a test ride in the truck where we watched it drive itself and pull off a pretty wild emergency braking maneuver.
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Comments • 295

  • The Verge
    The Verge  7 months ago

    How to protect humans in a fully automated society. Watch our latest video for more: thexvid.com/video/UW5ktbit2s0/video.html

  • Conrado Avila
    Conrado Avila Month ago

    Simpsons predicted this

  • Roman Brichka
    Roman Brichka Month ago

    The guy is clearly hired by freighter. Not an objective review.

  • The Connolly's
    The Connolly's Month ago

    Most of these accidents are caused by 4 wheelers, so there needs to be more taught at the DMV level

  • Pj Official
    Pj Official Month ago

    Those 2019 + freightliner cascadias are nice

  • Chris Piper
    Chris Piper Month ago

    Who refuels the trucks during their trip?

  • Shane Freeland
    Shane Freeland 2 months ago

    I guess this means the future is looking pretty bleak for lumpers and lot lizards.

  • Kevin Osborne
    Kevin Osborne 4 months ago

    it would be great to get on a highway hit self drive then chill in the back ....

  • Trucker Baty
    Trucker Baty 4 months ago

    Most people who drive out in the world today, don't need to be driving anything with wheels.

  • sinthason
    sinthason 5 months ago

    When are where can some buy one of those.?

  • arvadawelder
    arvadawelder 5 months ago +7

    80% of all semi accidents are the cars fault

  • Eric Parker
    Eric Parker 5 months ago +1


  • Jason Conover
    Jason Conover 5 months ago

    Over 70 percent of accidents with semis involved are caused by cars.

    • james fuller
      james fuller 5 months ago

      I agree with you, but the insurance companies are all for saying that it was preventable or the driver's error for some reason or another.

  • Joshua Hicks
    Joshua Hicks 6 months ago +1

    He screams Bernie socialist

    • Mr B
      Mr B 5 months ago

      It's all over his face

  • yourfast07
    yourfast07 6 months ago +2

    It’s a long way before you won’t need a driver, first of all just like Tesla, nobody will want to take a responsibility for that vehicle, because if freightliner, Volvo or any other brand will sell a vehicle and say its self driving and doesn’t need a driver, anything that will happen it will be a lawsuit and millions of dollars will be lost. Second thing means no driver, who will open doors and close and who will move tandem and who will back in, strap the freight do pre trip inspection and after inspection, who will fill up the truck, clean all sensors yeaaa. LTL drivers take a minute to 15 min on one stop, that means backing in to a dock, getting your paperwork, going in the dock, opening the door, gets unloaded and back in the truck, and getting to next stop.
    So that means in order to do all that you’ll need to pay people to have someone to inspect the truck at least twice a day, park that truck, open/close doors, on and on, it will end up costing more then paying that driver.

    • Bacons Strip
      Bacons Strip 4 months ago

      yourfast07 If your last sentence were remotely true they wouldn’t be developing this.

  • STC
    STC 6 months ago

    This is like a joke compared to what Tesla has...

  • Tone Balone
    Tone Balone 7 months ago

    There are about 60 million truck drivers in America, should of added that in ur of how many households they will be crushing soon.

  • The Prophet Mohammed
    The Prophet Mohammed 7 months ago

    I drive a truck for a living and I can tell you that the amount of regulations we have and the amount of bad infrastructure we have this will not happen for another lifetime

    • The Prophet Mohammed
      The Prophet Mohammed 7 months ago

      @ThatOneGuy82 well said these trucks can't even drive by themselves in a traffic jam in Manhattan.... let alone the winter

    • ThatOneGuy82
      ThatOneGuy82 7 months ago +1

      It'll never happen. Do you know why they always do these tests in the southwest? Because it's perfect weather and perfect roadways. Get north of I70 in January and those trucks aren't gonna be driving themselves.

  • Bruce wagers
    Bruce wagers 7 months ago

    Hmm let’s see autonomous truck goes under bridge and gets sprayed with black paint then on a slippery road car comes off ramp trying to merge with a short merge area. TheXvid to air time not long in the future. God pranksters are going to have a fun time with AI cars and trucks. In other news junk car gets dropped on top of autonomous truck causing over 200k in boxes meat to spill all over deserted highway when highway patrol finally arrives most boxed meat absent. Yea having drivers means having someone to report the accident. AI trucks all depends. Highjackers will have no mercy on vehicle once you remove the loss of life.

  • pritul dave
    pritul dave 7 months ago

    upload more CES videos

  • First Last
    First Last 8 months ago

    A grueling job that pays well in a world that wants to only pay price of electricity

  • InChrist
    InChrist 8 months ago +3

    Bro! The fault mostly comes from passenger vehicles. Stop implying it's the commercial driver.

  • Trucker Tee
    Trucker Tee 8 months ago +5

    All those saying good bye truckers are millennial half wits who have no idea the dozen plus factors which will keep drivers in demand another 25 too 35 years. A.I will replace surgeons , doctors , cashiers, security guards , wear house workers and even computer programmers before truckers. A.I will be self teaching and replace just about everyone in the next 50 too 100 years. So enjoy your false sense of job security ✌🏽🤪

  • Sam Phillips
    Sam Phillips 8 months ago +4

    So when a bunch of these things are platooning down the road all I would have to do is stand in front of them and they would all come to a stop they would all come to a stop and back up against each other for miles and miles and miles me and 6 people could probably shut down an entire city doing that that is a great idea I hope they do it I know one thing it's going to be a lot easier to steal Freight nowadays

  • Arun Tripathi
    Arun Tripathi 8 months ago

    1st thing there are no thousands of accidents on trucks comparing with cars and 2n thing how can you trust self driving technology that much to put in a big semi some thing goes wrong with that it will be a disaster. More errors are on technology not on humans. It's gr8 but don't trust it 100%.

  • I. Fawzy
    I. Fawzy 8 months ago +1

    Where is the self driving in the video??

  • Egzon Gashi
    Egzon Gashi 8 months ago

    Massive - 1981 , producers will understand...

  • Wilson Logistics
    Wilson Logistics 8 months ago

    We are always in favor of technologies that help keep our drivers safe, the public safe, and increase the overall well being of our drivers. Are professional truck drivers going to be replaced by self-driving trucks in 5 years? The answer is no. If that ever happens, and it's a BIG if, that is in the FAR FAR future.

  • Angelique Le-Rada
    Angelique Le-Rada 8 months ago

    Advisory condition of autonomous maneuvering should benefit the offensive drivers, since, twice the semi truck drivers have attempted to run down my family.

  • Berker Köşlü
    Berker Köşlü 8 months ago +10

    Be honest Verge. How much did Daimler pay you?

  • EJ Stephens
    EJ Stephens 8 months ago

    That's a pixel like notch on the windshield of that truck. Hate to see it.

  • Palash Mehta
    Palash Mehta 8 months ago +4

    Dime-ler ? It’s Daimler as in daem-ler....

  • Radoslav Sharapanov
    Radoslav Sharapanov 8 months ago

    What a great video. Perfect editing, camerawork and presentation. Thanks!

  • taylor1038
    taylor1038 8 months ago

    This same level of autonomy was a

  • James Davis
    James Davis 8 months ago

    They’re not the biggest risk on the road. It’s the idiots around them who have no idea how to move around them. Also if your driving 12 hours a day in them your breaking federal law.

  • HawkGuns
    HawkGuns 8 months ago

    You literally know nothing about trucking! This video is trash! When you have driven a truck for any extensive time and have earned the position to talk about this please come back with something worth watching.

  • LogicTech
    LogicTech 8 months ago

    This is not self driving...this is a joke.
    Wait for Tesla to show us what’s really exciting

  • Pavan Mankame
    Pavan Mankame 8 months ago +2

    It's coming in 2224

    • Trucker Tee
      Trucker Tee 8 months ago

      Pavan Mankame no only your mom.

  • Sten Plays
    Sten Plays 8 months ago

    VOLVO IS still available

  • Evoniics
    Evoniics 8 months ago

    Difference compared to Tesla - its on the marked right now and not somewhere in 2025.

    • Matthew Jenkinson
      Matthew Jenkinson 8 months ago

      It's also adapted hardware that has been in cars for at least a decade, while the Tesla Semi is a completely different beast (apart from, of course, Tesla cars).

  • Yousuf Azad
    Yousuf Azad 8 months ago

    congratulations! good on you!

  • Lyserberg
    Lyserberg 8 months ago

    Here after the thumbnail and title change.

  • Michal Bábik
    Michal Bábik 8 months ago +3

    It might be a grueling job, but it's still a job

  • Jim John
    Jim John 8 months ago +1

    But what about the panel gaps?

  • g00dfeeling
    g00dfeeling 8 months ago +3

    US trucks look cheaper and less technology advanced than European. MB, Iveco, Scania, DAF, MAN are making much nicer trucks.

    • Deplorable American
      Deplorable American 7 months ago +2

      The reasons were sky high tax and bad economy. Our trucking industries were suffering severely and could not think about buying new trucks. Our companies are moving forward.

  • ChannelX24
    ChannelX24 8 months ago +1


  • Ku Playford Valls
    Ku Playford Valls 8 months ago

    Yeah just wait a few months and the Tesla semi will make this look like tech from the 90s 😂

  • AKC 96
    AKC 96 8 months ago

    So outdated and such shallow video

  • Ma Hu
    Ma Hu 8 months ago

    Am I supposed to be impressed? Car makers have had this technology in their cars for years. Only difference her is the size of the vehicle.

  • TNM001
    TNM001 8 months ago

    don't sell me old stuff for new.

  • Tuga 1143
    Tuga 1143 8 months ago

    im pretty sure tesla only has cameras, not radars

    • 0ooTheMAXXoo0
      0ooTheMAXXoo0 8 months ago

      They do sonar and cameras all around and a forward-facing radar, no LIDAR if that is what you were thinking. Tesla AI will rely heavily on the cameras to replicate what a natural vision system can accomplish so that it can work in all the use cases where a human would be able to drive. Most other solutions rely heavily on mapping all roads carefully so that the AI does not have to understand and decide a lot on its own.

  • Dan R
    Dan R 8 months ago

    Dangerous to drive and a risk to people on the road what the hell are you talking about

    • 0ooTheMAXXoo0
      0ooTheMAXXoo0 8 months ago

      Yes, that is why this tech is so important. Thousands of lives were saved this past year due to tech like this already being in cars...

    CEKROM 8 months ago

    Very interesting topic, thanks Verge Team =D

  • Syed Maaz Bukhari
    Syed Maaz Bukhari 8 months ago +13

    What about self driving trains that would be a lot easier

    CEKROM 8 months ago +5

    1:48 You have a truck driver's license? That's cool =D

  • MSC TheGamer
    MSC TheGamer 8 months ago

    1 camera, 2 radar sensors. Yeah a self driving truck. Lol Tesla has outdone you lot

  • kp
    kp 8 months ago


  • MEME review
    MEME review 8 months ago +3

    that truck is a paid actor 😑

  • Joe Cochran
    Joe Cochran 8 months ago

    They better have someone in those trucks or people are gonna steal everything

  • Sushi
    Sushi 8 months ago

    Lane keeping assist is pretty useful itself. Tried it out a on a Civic from SF to SD makes it super easy.