Despite the maturing of self-driving car technology, many automakers and tech giants are finding that commercialization is much slower than they expected. Now we can add Daimler, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz, to the list. Daimler Chief Executive Ola Kallenius told an investor meeting that the robot fleet needed to be “tested,” Reuters reported on Thursday.
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In other words, Daimler is not entirely sure how to profit from the self-driving fleet. Mercedes-Benz did not immediately respond to a request for comment when asked to provide more information about his self-driving car strategy.
At the meeting, Mr. Calenius said Daimler’s engineering team had found that the challenge of developing self-driving cars had exceeded expectations. These fleets of machines not only protect the safety of passengers and pedestrians, but also be unobstructed on complex public roads. Last year, uber’s self-driving car prototype hit a pedestrian in Arizona, raising questions about the self-driving car.
Before passenger-driving cars, Mr. Calenius said he envisioned applying self-driving technology to commercial vehicles such as semi-trailers. Driverless trucks can improve transport efficiency on routes involving long driving. Without truck drivers, there’s no need to stop to rest or find longer sleep times.
In fact, this is not the first company to say it is difficult to advance self-driving technology. Back in April, Jim Hackett, Ford’s chief executive, said the company overestimated the speed at which self-driving technology could enter the market.