Daimler to open autonomous driving R&D center in Portland

Daimler to open autonomous driving R&D center in Portland

Daimler Trucks North America said today it'll spend millions on an automated truck research and development center in Portland.

The facility will be located at the company's Swan Island headquarters. It will develop automated driving technology as well as seek to uncover customer benefits and the notion's effect on society.

The company didn't immediately how much it will spend on the Portland efforts or how many people it will hire. Daimler plans to spend nearly $3 billion on research and development activities globally. Of that, approximately $589 million be used to analyze e-mobility, connectivity and automated commercial vehicle technology.

The local engineers will draw on Daimler's work performed in Stuttgart, Germany and Bangalore, India, locations. Portland staffers will work closely with their overseas counterparts, Daimler said in a release.

Daimler announced the research center during a press and investors event in Portland.

“This center of excellence is part of our global innovation network and supports the Daimler Trucks ethos of rigorously testing new technologies, ensuring systems are developed safely and functionality is fully validated before it is released to customers," said Sven Ennerst, head of truck product engineering, global procurement, and Daimler Trucks China.

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