Daimler Trucks accelerates self-driving push, says Blacksburg will be part of the strategy
The German auto giant that acquired Torc Robotics last month has created a new business unit focused on putting self-driving trucks on the road within a decade.
It’s all part of a $570 million investment by Daimler Trucks, with some of that work landing in Blacksburg, according to a Wednesday press release.
The news adds clarity to the role Blacksburg-based Torc will play within the corporate structure of its new parent company pending the Daimler acquisition approval by federal regulators.
Daimler is best known for brands like Freightliner, Mercedes-Benz and Smart. Beginning June 1, the company’s truck-focused arm will have a new unit called the Autonomous Technology Group.
Torc will remain a separate company with its original management team and name, Daimler announced Wednesday. But now it will work closely with Daimler’s Automated Truck Research & Development Center in Portland and another facility in Germany.
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