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Driven for Safety

Making the roads safer for everyone

We're developing autonomous driving solutions that emulate and learn from the driving behavior of the safest drivers in the world. Safe transportation is vital for everyone, and we want the public and our partners to understand how safety guides every aspect of our work.

Our Approach to Safety

Our Safety Report

From conceptualization to commercialization, safety drives everything we do at Torc.

Our Voluntary Safety Self-Assessment (VSSA) report explores Torc’s innovative safety culture and details our comprehensive approach to the safe development, testing, and deployment of our autonomous driving system (ADS) technology in level 4 self-driving freight trucks.

View Torc's VSSA Report
The cover of Torc's Voluntary Safety Self-Assessment report

First Responder Guide and Quick Reference Sheet

The purpose of these documents is to assist first responder agencies and safety officials who may interact with Torc trucks equipped with our Automated Driving System (ADS) on how to engage with the truck in the course of their jobs. This includes how to interact with Torc personnel, either on the scene or post-event. This information is intended to be used by trained safety professionals and will be updated as needed. 

First Responders Page

Our Safety Principles

  • A Marathon – Not a Sprint

    In our 15 years of experience, we've learned that reinventing the way we move doesn’t happen overnight. Our approach is an iterative one, continually building new capabilities and testing. Safety is a marathon, not a sprint. Our timeline for commercializing self-driving trucks is dependent on safety.

  • Safety = Success

    We tell our vehicle test teams that a safe test is a successful test. The processes exist to establish clear communication and provide double-checks for components and software.

  • Collaboration

    One of the reasons we chose to partner with Daimler Trucks was because of our shared safety culture. Their history of innovation in the safe development and validation of trucks, along with Torc’s experience in self-driving technology for safety-critical applications, creates a unique team that is well-suited to forward this mission.

  • Lessons Learned

    Our safety process includes checks and oversight from software iteration and simulation to closed-course and public road testing.  We use this information to track what went well and what can be improved. We call this process "Lessons learned." Everyone at Torc follows this process because we are all responsible for safety.