The deal is a big coup for Waymo. It had already been testing driverless trucks, but this gives it an alliance with one of the heavyweights in the field. Daimler’s rival Volvo has already sided with NVIDIA for hardware and some aspects of software.
Daimler isn’t shy about its reasoning: this gives it “two strong partners” for its autonomous trucking plans, the other being its recent acquisition Torc Robotics. It’s not clear how this will influence Torc’s involvement (we’ve asked Torc for comment), but it’s evident Daimler wants to step up its plans to a degree where one partner isn’t enough.
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