Daimler buys Torc Robotics stake in self-driving trucks push

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Daimler AG's annual news conference in Stuttgart
FILE PHOTO: Daimler AG CEO Dieter Zetsche attends the company’s annual news conference in Stuttgart, Germany, February 6, 2019. REUTERS/Michael Dalder

March 29, 2019

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Daimler Trucks has agreed to buy a majority stake in autonomous truck software maker Torc Robotics as part of a broader push to develop self-driving vehicles.

Torc, based in Blacksburg, Virginia will help Daimler accelerate software development by giving the German manufacturer access to 120 staff, Daimler Trucks Chief Executive Martin Daum said.

“You cannot have enough expertise in this area. Our achilles heel is the ability to quickly develop software,” Daum said.

Torc Robotics has partnerships to develop self-driving technology with Caterpillar with mining and agricultural applications, and competed in the DARPA self-driving vehicles challenge 12 years ago.

(Reporting by Edward Taylor; editing by Thomas Seythal)

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