Mercedes-Benz refuses to participate in autonomous driving racesNovember 5, 2020
After the departure of Dieter Zetsche from the post of head of the premium German brand, the automaker reoriented sharply and stopped developing what he did not succeed in.
A few years ago, when Dieter Zetsche was at the helm of Daimler, Mercedes-Benz was the first to engage in a race of automakers to develop autonomous technologies. However, with the arrival of Ola Kallenius, the management had to abandon this venture, according to the portal “CSN-TV”.
The current head of Mercedes-Benz considered the main thing for the company to receive a stable high profit, rather than the pursuit of innovation and development of new technologies. Already, the brand has reduced cash infusions into research and development. The company noted that they are not going to participate in a race that they will not be able to win.
It should be noted that not so long ago, journalists learned that Daimler has announced a partnership with Waymo, which will develop level 4 autonomous driving technology in the commercial sphere. Given that the technology of the third level in cars is just beginning to be introduced, it is not necessary to talk about the imminent debut of the new system.
The collaboration will be based on extensive research, development and testing of autonomous systems from Waymo with the American truck manufacturer Freightliner, which is part of the Daimler concern. The partnership announcement says very few details about advancing to level 4, but the plan will begin with the introduction of Waymo Driver technology in specially designed Freightliner Cascadia trucks. At the moment, the study is aimed only at the US market, but in the future may spread to other regions.
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