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 • 288

  • The Verge
    The Verge  4 months ago

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

  • Shane Freeland
    Shane Freeland 4 days ago

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

  • Kevin Osborne
    Kevin Osborne Month ago

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

  • Trucker Baty
    Trucker Baty Month ago

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

  • sinthason
    sinthason 2 months ago

    When are where can some buy one of those.?

  • arvadawelder
    arvadawelder 2 months ago +4

    80% of all semi accidents are the cars fault

  • Eric Parker
    Eric Parker 3 months ago +1


  • Jason Conover
    Jason Conover 3 months ago

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

    • james fuller
      james fuller 3 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 3 months ago +1

    He screams Bernie socialist

    • Mr B
      Mr B 2 months ago

      It's all over his face

  • yourfast07
    yourfast07 3 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 Month ago

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

  • STC
    STC 4 months ago

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

  • Tone Balone
    Tone Balone 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 5 months ago

    upload more CES videos

  • First Last
    First Last 5 months ago

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

  • InChrist
    InChrist 5 months ago +3

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

  • Trucker Tee
    Trucker Tee 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 months ago +1

    Where is the self driving in the video??

  • Egzon Gashi
    Egzon Gashi 5 months ago

    Massive - 1981 , producers will understand...

  • Wilson Logistics
    Wilson Logistics 5 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 5 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 5 months ago +10

    Be honest Verge. How much did Daimler pay you?

  • EJ Stephens
    EJ Stephens 5 months ago

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

  • Palash Mehta
    Palash Mehta 5 months ago +3

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

  • Radoslav Sharapanov
    Radoslav Sharapanov 5 months ago

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

  • taylor1038
    taylor1038 5 months ago

    This same level of autonomy was a

  • James Davis
    James Davis 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 months ago +2

    It's coming in 2224

    • Trucker Tee
      Trucker Tee 5 months ago

      Pavan Mankame no only your mom.

  • Sten Plays
    Sten Plays 5 months ago

    VOLVO IS still available

  • Evoniics
    Evoniics 5 months ago

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

    • Matthew Jenkinson
      Matthew Jenkinson 5 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 Sami
    Yousuf Azad Sami 5 months ago

    congratulations! good on you!

  • Lyserberg
    Lyserberg 5 months ago

    Here after the thumbnail and title change.

  • Michal Bábik
    Michal Bábik 5 months ago +3

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

  • Jim John
    Jim John 5 months ago +1

    But what about the panel gaps?

  • g00dfeeling
    g00dfeeling 5 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 5 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 5 months ago +1


  • Ku Playford Valls
    Ku Playford Valls 5 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 5 months ago

    So outdated and such shallow video

  • Ma Hu
    Ma Hu 5 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 5 months ago

    don't sell me old stuff for new.

  • Tuga 1143
    Tuga 1143 5 months ago

    im pretty sure tesla only has cameras, not radars

    • 0ooTheMAXXoo0
      0ooTheMAXXoo0 5 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 5 months ago

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

    • 0ooTheMAXXoo0
      0ooTheMAXXoo0 5 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 5 months ago

    Very interesting topic, thanks Verge Team =D

  • Syed Maaz Bukhari
    Syed Maaz Bukhari 5 months ago +11

    What about self driving trains that would be a lot easier

    CEKROM 5 months ago +5

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

  • MSC TheGamer
    MSC TheGamer 5 months ago

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

  • kp
    kp 5 months ago


  • MEME review
    MEME review 5 months ago +3

    that truck is a paid actor 😑

  • Joe Cochran
    Joe Cochran 5 months ago

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

  • Sushi
    Sushi 5 months ago

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

  • Greg Chalker
    Greg Chalker 5 months ago

    *sigh* stop calling it a 'big rig'.
    It's not a 'big rig', it's a prime mover

  • TheRabi1234
    TheRabi1234 5 months ago

    Optimus Prime

  • Tobi Olusola
    Tobi Olusola 5 months ago

    Thud is pretty cool.
    I'm never driving a car on the road again.
    Side note: I can't drive

  • 胡昕
    胡昕 5 months ago

    In my opinion, truck drivers will be more likely to be similar to commercial airliner pilots whose job is basically monitoring the computer do the things

    NAVEED KHAN 5 months ago

    Is that a notch in that truck😂😂😂

  • Revanth Krishna
    Revanth Krishna 5 months ago

    Volvo scania has better features than this.

    • Harry Sanjaya
      Harry Sanjaya 4 months ago

      Ohh ya?? Who cares??? Im topic for cascadia!!

  • Akash Shah
    Akash Shah 5 months ago +2

    paid advertisement

  • 123abc
    123abc 5 months ago

    These trucks are fossil fuel burning but autonomous. Gone are the manual 18 speed trucks, almost anyone can drive these. Are these Diesel or natural gas? Seems they are stopping short of electric plus autonomous.

  • Tyler Roach
    Tyler Roach 5 months ago +1

    It's cool that one day fatal crashes will almost entirely be eliminated and sad for all the people who died because they were born before the technology was around

  • Brontobyte
    Brontobyte 5 months ago +1

    Are the steering wheels ever straight on these trucks?

  • MeisterYodarkus
    MeisterYodarkus 5 months ago

    "So, getting any self-driving trucks into the trucks to help out the driver"
    How are you going to get a truck inside your truck? ;)

  • Nich Citarella
    Nich Citarella 5 months ago +2

    So...it’s just blind spot detection, adaptive cruise control and lane assist...hasn’t that stuff came in fairly basic cars for 8 years now?

  • Sabed Hussain
    Sabed Hussain 5 months ago +2

    I think any truck which automatically identifies whether the driver is awake or sober is a great step forward... I dont see those here..

  • Harshvardhan
    Harshvardhan 5 months ago +2

    Tesla joins the server

  • Jonathan Henthorn
    Jonathan Henthorn 5 months ago +13

    It seems like you should be saying "driver assist" or "level 2 autonomy"... not self-driving.

  • Harsh Sanket
    Harsh Sanket 5 months ago

    The truck has same notch as pixel 3 xl

  • wavey61
    wavey61 5 months ago

    So, this is basically Tesla Autopilot 1 technology. In the same time frame, Tesla has gone from Autopilot 1 to about to test out full self driving on employee cars. Meanwhile Daimler did absolutely nothing.

    • Mark Plott
      Mark Plott 5 months ago

      yep, AP3 coming soon from Tesla.

  • Nate wu
    Nate wu 5 months ago +4

    Volvo can still stop faster

  • Roy C
    Roy C 5 months ago +1

    Personal injury lawyers worst nightmare.

  • BigLama
    BigLama 5 months ago +41

    For everyone saying good buy truck drivers.
    Clearly you’ve never driven a truck.
    The moment these trucks can automatically pull up to a destination, reverse itself into the loading dock, in the tiniest freaking spaces imaginable.
    Only then will I say goodbye to truck drivers.
    Until then, all this does is just cruise control, on steroids.

    • Bacons Strip
      Bacons Strip 2 months ago

      Yeah but what percentage of the overall trip did you just describe? .001% of it? Ok, I’d be willing to pay a driver .5% of the wages he would have earned for the entire trip to show up and do that last .001%.
      And that’s your new trucking industry. The few owner operators left become valet parking. Pick up loads outside of cities, drive in, drop, and pick up a handsome contract. But your millions of truckers goes down to thousands.
      I’m not quite sure what happens to the difference, but we need to start figuring it out now.

    • Jason Conover
      Jason Conover 3 months ago +2

      I wanna see these trucks handle the sharp turns and grades of the passes in the mountains.

    • Clifford Ototivo
      Clifford Ototivo 3 months ago

      BigLama they already do this

  • Anas Adani
    Anas Adani 5 months ago

    Many loss for this jobs. Save Trucks

    • Fablemanor
      Fablemanor 5 months ago

      @0ooTheMAXXoo0 if we got to a point where cars could drive themselves then what exactly would the drivers be doing thin.

    • 0ooTheMAXXoo0
      0ooTheMAXXoo0 5 months ago

      Every automation in history has brought the ability to employ more people on the whole. We employ hundreds of times as many people these days as we did before any factory automation for example... Instead of many people working in just a few jobs like we had in the 1800s, we will keep having more and more different kinds of jobs to fill whatever niches we can now afford to pay for as a result of the increased automation.

  • Anas Adani
    Anas Adani 5 months ago +2

    The job losses will be a lot of this technology.

  • Ryukachoo
    Ryukachoo 5 months ago +20

    The auto trucks in Logan are probably the most realistic depiction of this technology 20 years from now

    • m2a0r0c1
      m2a0r0c1 5 months ago

      Literally the only thing I was thinking about 😂

  • -TJ-
    -TJ- 5 months ago

    MKBHD must love this truck technology.

  • epSos.de
    epSos.de 5 months ago +166

    *Why not electric ?* They started making this 4 years ago. It was already clear that batteries will be cheap enough for an electric truck. Volvo got the calculation. Tesla got it. Why not Mercedes ?

    • JoePyrotechnic
      JoePyrotechnic 3 months ago

      @ratmtbola Actually that would be even worse, when you have to make 3 or 4 loads, cut down to 2 the company loses money, the customer can't get their product and the driver has more downtime.

    • jmh4ggg
      jmh4ggg 4 months ago

      Why not vegetable oil instead of diesel, is the question you should be asking....

  • Christopher Redhead
    Christopher Redhead 5 months ago +2

    Hasn't volvo been doing this for years already?

  • Tyler Hilliard
    Tyler Hilliard 5 months ago +2

    No electric? Where's the e-cascadia? Diesel emissions kill many

    • manu
      manu 4 months ago

      @Fabi S. Fortunately ,yes it is.

    • Fabi S.
      Fabi S. 5 months ago

      And you really think that an electric truck is better for the environment right now? Unfortunately it‘s not.

  • Chris Hernandez
    Chris Hernandez 5 months ago +2

    Ur wack, should of driven an 18 speeder

  • Andy Hughes
    Andy Hughes 5 months ago +1

    Autonomous vehicles are tools of the devil

  • thatgeekdad
    thatgeekdad 5 months ago


  • Starship Driver
    Starship Driver 5 months ago +1

    Tesla Semi is nicer , faster, and cheaper to run.

    • Michael Garry
      Michael Garry 5 months ago

      @Starship Driver Which means it is still being developed and hasn't been independently tested. I will happily wait for it to prove itself in the real world first.

    • Starship Driver
      Starship Driver 5 months ago

      @Michael Garry It's already being spotted at the superchargers with pictures taken.

    • Michael Garry
      Michael Garry 5 months ago

      And doesnt really exist yet, like most of Musks BS.

  • Kody189
    Kody189 5 months ago +2

    Is he driving on a closed course or public roads with no CDL

    • Greg Chalker
      Greg Chalker 5 months ago +1

      Varies from one jurisdiction to another, but if you have a licensed driver sitting next to you, and 'driver under instruction' plates showing, you're fine.

    • BigLama
      BigLama 5 months ago

      Kody189 exactly! I was gonna say! He has a CDL?! Haha

  • Owen Chua
    Owen Chua 5 months ago +1


  • Jeremy Hamaoui
    Jeremy Hamaoui 5 months ago +1

    Design is so inefficient, there is no need to keep the old design for the sake of it. It would be funny to calculate the kms lost by this poor design.

    • Jeremy Hamaoui
      Jeremy Hamaoui 5 months ago

      @Trucker Tee take your pills and chill!

    • Trucker Tee
      Trucker Tee 5 months ago

      Jeremy Hamaoui not as funny as reading your stupid comment.

  • Lashan
    Lashan 5 months ago +4

    I wonder how the truckers are going to react once they're out of a job

    • Michael Garry
      Michael Garry 5 months ago

      @Fablemanor Yeah, thats the world we live in. New opportunities will come along, but we are looking at a future where not everyone will work. Which is why a lot of people support things like Universal Basic Income.

    • Fablemanor
      Fablemanor 5 months ago

      @Michael Garry what job specifically because not enough jobs to go around as it is.

    • Michael Garry
      Michael Garry 5 months ago +1

      Exactly, find another job. Just like every job that gets technology to take over. No one is crying about all the horse riders etc are they? The world moves on.....

    • Vlican
      Vlican 5 months ago +1

      find another job?

  • TheSpicyPotato
    TheSpicyPotato 5 months ago +8

    Thats good. Truck drivers have terrible health because the bad work conditions. We need to eliminate these jobs

    • Driven Trucking
      Driven Trucking 3 months ago +1

      The typical CEO is in worse shape than your average truck driver. This stigma has been around truck drivers for a long time and is an extreme over generalization.

    • Trucker Tee
      Trucker Tee 5 months ago +4

      TheSpicyPotato 😂🤣 👍🏼 I’m in better shape and can lift more or run further then you could ever hope for.

  • Raymond Romero
    Raymond Romero 5 months ago


  • James M
    James M 5 months ago +16

    I have similar technology in the rig I'm driving, but everytime the sensors sees a bridge or a paper bag in a road it wants to slam on the brakes.

    • James M
      James M 3 months ago +2

      @Jason Conover Exactly!

    • Jason Conover
      Jason Conover 3 months ago +3

      @James M Or when ice and slush cover the sensor and it can figure out what the hell to do

    • James M
      James M 5 months ago +2

      @Trucker Tee That is annoying AF!

    • Trucker Tee
      Trucker Tee 5 months ago +3

      James M or a 4 wheeler cuts in front of you. I almost jack knifed when sensor thought the bottom of the downgrade was a obstacle 🤦🏽‍♂️

  • Diamond Kid
    Diamond Kid 5 months ago +130

    That truck has a notch

  • Eduardo Tasayco
    Eduardo Tasayco 5 months ago

    Smooth shifting brother @neatmike

  • SpaceG95
    SpaceG95 5 months ago

    No where in the near future will an autonomous vehicle be able to fully replace a human driver

    • Fablemanor
      Fablemanor 5 months ago

      This is going to happen and tons people will Lose their jobs.

    • Eventus Vantos
      Eventus Vantos 5 months ago

      It already can if they wanted to.

  • spiddyman007
    spiddyman007 5 months ago

    *first ride in new 2019 freight liner

  • cobraki00
    cobraki00 5 months ago +3

    Good bye truck drivers

    • Trucker Tee
      Trucker Tee 5 months ago

      cobraki00 not any time soon. I still have another 20 years of swing your mother sell herself at the J.😂🤣

  • spiddyman007
    spiddyman007 5 months ago

    Logan 2017 predicted it

  • Samuël Visser
    Samuël Visser 5 months ago +12

    'To get a full understanding of what this technology is like and how different it is, they let me drive in a truck that doesn't have any of this technology'.
    Wait.. How does that make any sense? That would only be helpfull if you could compare it to driving in a truck with the technology, which you didn't. Really don't see the purpose of that ride..

    • random viewer
      random viewer 5 months ago +5

      The show. And if someone let you drive a fkin tractor of course you'll accept