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TORC Robotics breaks ground on expansion project

TORC Robotics has officially broken ground to expand its headquarters. The company is excited about the two-story addition to the existing building. It will add about 16,000 square feet of space.

“This marks another significant growth for TORC,” said CEO Michael Fleming. “Right now we have employees spread out in multiple locations and this expansion will allow us to consolidate and maintain our edge of speed.”

This project comes after a March announcement of a partnership with Daimler, the inventor of the truck. The plan is to put TORC’s self-driving software into the Freightliner Cascadia trucks. TORC will continue to be an independent entity, and it will retain its name, people and management team.

“We’ll have the backing of a large organization that will essentially allow us to accelerate our growth much quicker than we could independently,” Fleming said. “We’re pretty honored that Daimler is going to establish its self-driving trucking hub here in Blacksburg.”

With an increasing demand for shipping of consumer goods, TORC hopes these self-driving vehicles can help that process and do so safely. Fleming said it would also help with the 30,000 to 34,000 fatalities we see each year from automobile accidents.

“It’s important that we deploy this self-driving technology in a safe fashion because most of the fatalities today are coming from you and I, human driver error,” he said.

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