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truck cabin A new Mercedes-Benz Actros semi-autonomous haulage truck cabin, manufactured by Daimler AG, stands on stage at the IAA Commercial Vehicles Show in Hanover, Germany, on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018. (Photo: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg)

Daimler AG will start sales of a U.S. truck able to brake, accelerate and steer at all speeds on its own this year, a stepping stone to more automation as growing internet shopping strains freight companies battling driver shortages.

The updated Freightliner Cascadia, also with lane-keeping assistance, will fuse information from radar and cameras to enable partially autonomous technology, Daimler said Monday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. To maintain its lead over the likes of Volvo AB and Paccar Inc., the manufacturer said it plans to offer highly-automated vehicles, which don’t need drivers on some routes, within a decade.

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