Freightliner takes Hoover Dam at face value in autonomous vehicle premier

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With exposed surface area equal to nearly 10 football fields, one of the world’s top concrete icons supported Daimler Trucks North America’s early-May premier for the first autonomous Class 8 truck licensed to use public roads. Hoover Dam, linking Arizona and Nevada at the Black Canyon and embodying 3 million yd. of cast-in-place concrete, served as the backdrop for a prime time video presentation on the Freightliner Inspiration Truck. The 30-minute production was capped by the vehicle’s arrival at the center of the structure, whose top bears U.S. 93 traffic.

 
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McNeilus-influenced Freightliner 114SD fills final post-Sterling vocational void

Sources: Freightliner Trucks, Fort Mill, S.C.; CP staff

Not waiting for ConExpo-Con/Agg in March, Freightliner chose World of Concrete (January 18–21, Las Vegas) to unveil a set-forward axle (SFA) chassis geared for federal bridge formula-bound mixers and dumps. The 114SD SFA joins M2 and Coronado models, rounding out a heavy-duty portfolio Freightliner shored up following the sunset of sister brand Sterling Trucks.

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