Las Vegas, home of legalized gambling, statuesque showgirls andglamorous hotels, is now the first place in the U.S. thatautonomous commercial trucks will be allowed to operate on an openpublic highway. Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval officially issued thefirst license for an autonomous commercial truck to Daimler TrucksNorth America (DTNA) at a ceremony at Las Vegas Motor Speedway onMay 5.

DTNA president and CEO Martin Daum hosted the event, duringwhich Gov. Sandoval participated in the inaugural trip of theFreightlinerInspiration Truck in autonomous mode with Dr. WolfgangBernhard, member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG DaimlerTrucks & Buses, at the controls.

The Freightliner Inspiration Truck underwent extensive testingbefore the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles granted it a licenseto operate on public roads in the state. “Nevada is proud to bemaking transportation history today by hosting the first U.S.public highway drive for a licensed autonomous commercial truck.The application of this innovative technology to one of America’smost important industries will have a lasting impact on our stateand help shape the New Nevada economy,” said Gov. Sandoval. “TheNevada Department of Motor Vehicles has been closely monitoring theadvancements being made in autonomous vehicle development andreviewed DTNA’s safety, testing and training plans before grantingpermission for this demonstration of the Freightliner InspirationTruck.”

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