Torc Robotics, an independent subsidiary of Daimler Truck NA, headed west for the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Conference and Expo at the beginning of May 2023. The four-day conference focused on the trends and technologies transforming commercial transportation, and as such, autonomous trucking took a front seat. Attendees and exhibitors chose from over 30 sessions and toured 300 booths, including Torc at booth 6957.
Nick Elder, Torc Director of Corporate Strategy, spoke twice at the event on Wednesday afternoon, May 3. First, he held a Tech Talk on the Expo stage, elaborating on the relationship between Torc and DTNA, and the Torc mission to arrive at Level 4, driver out, autonomous operation in the market.
“One of the natural questions is always what’s the timeline look like for this. We’re looking at these advanced technologies and autonomy is an incredibly challenging proposition,” said Nick. “And we’ve been clear since the very early days: We’re going release a product when it is safe to do so, and that means rigorous validation. And that that is going to take time to accomplish.”
“So what is Torc’s vision? When we think about the pillars that we want stand on, as we look to bring automation into the Class 8 space, first and foremost, bringing value to customers, in a safe way. We want to create a safer solution that will ultimately bring value to freight networks, to carriers, and to the end customer, the shippers,” Nick continued. “We believe that to do that it’s absolutely imperative that you collaborate with partners. So that means partnerships with OEMs like Daimler, it means partnerships with carriers as well to make sure we’re developing the right product and that it can integrate into the freight ecosystem.”
Additionally, Daimler Truck NA president and CEO and Torc Board Member John O’Leary opened up the Expo as a keynote speaker. DTNA was also a presenting sponsor of ACT Expo 2023 and hosted booth 6440.