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Sep 9, 2016

MERCEDES BENZ's news * Drones & Vans -- ** Truck mirrors & Accelerator pedals: OBSOLETE

* Bavaria / Germany - Daimler to work with Matternet to develop delivery van drones 

--- Auto maker investing about $560 million to design electric vans that can host aerial deliveries...  Daimler AG said on Wednesday it would join with U.S. startup Matternet to develop drones for its delivery vans and invest €500 million ($562 million) over the next five years in designing electric, networked vans... Daimler, the maker of Mercedes-Benz cars and trucks, acquired a minority stake in Menlo Park, Calif.-based Matternet as part of the partnership, a spokeswoman said. Daimler’s overall investment in the initiative, called adVANce, will go to vehicle digitization, automation, robotics and mobility solutions technologies... Although some of the components that make up Daimler’s concept van are functional, the company declined to say when it might offer such a vehicle... Daimler van customers include FedEx Corp., Deutsche Post DHL and Germany’s Hermes Group, among others. In the first half of 2016, sales at Daimler’s van division rose 21% to 176,200 vans, while revenues were up 19% at €6.26 billion...
(Photo: Bloomberg news - A delivery drone, developed by Matternet, sits mounted on a roof panel of a new Mercedes-Benz Vision van, manufactured by Daimler, in Stuttgart, Germany, on Wednesday)   --  Stuttgart, Germany - The WSJ, by Sarah Sloa and Ilka Kopplin - Sept. 7, 2016


* Oregon / USA - Daimler Trucks CEO: Technological advances make truck mirrors, and accelerator pedals obsolete


--- Giant side-view mirrors, accelerators and brake pedals – there’s a lot of equipment on semi-trucks that’s rapidly becoming obsolete, according to Martin Daum, chief executive of Daimler Trucks North America, at the unveiling of the manufacturer’s 2018 Freightliner Cascadia semi-truck last week and described how he expects trucks to change in the coming years... Eliminating the mandate to have big side-view mirrors that create drag and suck up energy would advance fuel economy, he said... Similarly, Daum could see a day when there is no need for accelerator and brake pedals in a semi-truck. Automatic braking technology can stop a truck faster and better than a human can, he said... But for now, safety requires that a driver remains in control, handling turns and making steering adjustments, Daum said...
(Photo: A Freightliner Casadia)   --   Portland, ORE, USA - Trucks.com, by Jerry Hirsch - Sept 7, 2016

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