(Blacksburg, VA) Torc Robotics, a pioneer in commercializing autonomous vehicle technology, hosted its second Torc Autonomy Advisory Council (TAAC) meeting, welcoming stakeholders from around the nation to Portland, Oregon, during the week of June 22, 2022. Companies such as C.H. Robinson, Schneider, Penske, Ryder, and more joined the roundtable discussions covering principal issues related to rolling out self-driving trucks in an efficient and safe manner.
TAAC’s purpose is to create partnerships and collaborations with carriers to focus not only on the technology that Torc Robotics has developed and is currently testing in multiple locations around the nation, but also to dive deeper into the day-to-day management of autonomous trucks within their current operations and business models.
During the week-long event, attendees kept an open dialogue, discovering concerns alongside the opportunities for the future of their fleet operations, continuing to grow the unique partnership between trucking leadership and Torc. “Torc’s experience with developing and successfully commercializing self-driving technology as its focus on safety makes it an ideal partner,” said Roger Nielsen, president, and CEO of Daimler Truck North America.
Each TAAC member shared feedback, giving both Torc and Daimler insight on where to focus the progression of their self-driving trucks. Some of the topics discussed included maintenance, operations, training, and real estate.
Held at the Daimler Truck North America headquarters, attendees were able to tour the Daimler technology center, inspect the latest redundant chassis models, and learn about the latest innovations of the trucks integrated with the Torc technology.
About Torc Robotics
Torc Robotics, headquartered in Blacksburg, Virginia, is an independent subsidiary of Daimler Truck AG, the global leader and pioneer in trucking. Founded in 2005 at the birth of the self-driving vehicle revolution, Torc has 16 years of experience in pioneering safety-critical, self-driving applications.
Torc offers a complete self-driving vehicle software and integration solution and is currently focusing on commercializing self-driving trucks. “Trucking is the backbone of the U.S (United States). economy, delivering food and products to every community in the country,” said Michael Fleming, Torc founder and CEO. “Daimler has led innovation in trucking for more than a century, from the first truck to driver-assist technology. Torc is working with Daimler Truck to commercialize self-driving trucks to make our roads safer and better, fulfilling our mission of saving lives.”