First self-driving semi-truck in U.S. hits the road — on the Hoover Dam

Daimler’s Freightliner Inspiration truck will soon be hauling good back and forth across Nevada.


Autonomous semi-truck driving officially arrived in Nevada on Tuesday night, and it did so in spectacular fashion: Atop the curved concrete edge of Hoover Dam.

German automaker Daimler chose the world-famous location to introduce its Freightliner Inspiration Truck, the world’s first licensed autonomous truck.

Nevada is already ahead of the curve when it comes to self-driving cars, handing out autonomous vehicle (AV) licenses and license plates. But this is the first 18-wheel commercial vehicle to garner the designation (the state actually licensed two autonomous Freightliners), and the truck showed off its hands-free driving skill on top of the nearly 80-year-old landmark…

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