Daimler and Waymo partner to develop self-driving trucks

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Daimler AG and Waymo announced a new partnership this morning that will see the two companies work together to bring self-driving semi trucks to market.

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The deal, which was described as a “broad, global, strategic partnership” will see Daimler integrate the Waymo Driver system in its Freightliner Cascadia 8 semi truck.

“For me that is a historic moment when the best in trucking manufacturing combines the best with software,” said Martin Daum, chairman of the board of management of Daimler Truck AG.

While this deal is limited to semi trucks with a focus on the US market, the partnership will explore opportunities in other markets, as well as with other cars, Waymo said in a press release.

No timeline was given for when the first trucks will officially hit the roads.

The news of this partnership comes on the heels of a report yesterday that Mercedes Benz (a.k.a. Daimler AG) had quit its attempt to develop self-driving software. The news brought a denial from Sascha Pallenberg, the Head of Digital Transformation at Daimler AG, who said the story was “pure bogus.”