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Torc Robotics selects AWS as a preferred cloud provider for self-driving truck fleet

by Punjabi Trucking

Seattle / Blacksburg / Stuttgart – Torc Robotics has selected Amazon Web Services (AWS),
Inc. as its preferred cloud provider to handle the scale and speed needed for data transfer,
storage, and compute capacity as the company prepares to deploy its fleet of next-generation
self-driving test trucks in New Mexico and Virginia. With the growth in test fleet size, the number
of routes and sensor capability, there is an increase in data ingestion and analysis needs by
engineering teams in the U.S. and in Germany.

Torc is an independent subsidiary of Daimler Truck AG, responsible for commercializing a
Level 4 autonomous system that will be offered to trucking customers. As defined by the
Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), under Level 4 autonomy, a vehicle is capable of
performing all driving functions under specified operating conditions.

AWS’s extensive capabilities are designed to provide rapid, secure data transfer, intelligent
tiered storage, managed orchestration and analytics tools, and high-performance multi-core
CPU and GPU compute to help Torc rapidly scale its agile and cost-efficient development
platform and accelerate its testing and commercialization of the technology.

Torc’s test fleet in New Mexico is already generating petabytes of data (1 petabyte is 1 million
gigabytes) from tests on public roads. Torc’s end-to-end software stack collects and
processes raw data from multiple sensors such as lidar, radar, and cameras. In addition to the
expansion of routes and fleet size, the next generation of test trucks has integrated more
sensors at higher resolutions to enhance object detection at longer ranges — further
increasing the magnitude of data for analysis, simulation, and machine learning.
“Our next-generation fleet of test trucks will help us rapidly grow our capabilities and
accelerate the commercialization of Level 4 self-driving trucks,” said Michael Fleming, Torc’s
CEO. “Our ability to handle the data involved must be able to keep up – whether it’s for

transfer, storage, or scaling our simulation capability. With AWS, we have a trusted solution
that provides the computing scale, transfer speed, and security when we need it.”
“The race to develop self-driving vehicles generates massive volumes of data from many types
of sensors. With AWS, Torc engineers have the speed, flexibility, and insights they need to
design tests, run simulations at scale, and refine their experiments using a broad range of
highly specialized compute instance types,” said Wendy Bauer, Director of Automotive Sales,
AWS. “By pairing Torc’s industry-leading technology with AWS’s reliability, security, and deep
expertise in autonomous vehicle development, Torc is positioned to remain a leader and
introduce the benefits of self-driving trucks to society.”
“We believe this relationship between Torc and AWS brings together two very strong teams
and is another milestone on our road to Level 4 trucks,” said Dr. Peter Vaughan Schmidt,
Head of Daimler Trucks’ Autonomous Technology Group, which Torc is a part of. “Daimler
Trucks’ goal is to enable safe deployment of self-driving trucks and shape the future of the
trucking and logistics industry at large.”

AWS as a robust cloud solution
Torc’s Level 4 self-driving vehicle system utilizes onboard computers that process sensor
data in real-time and host software that handles the dynamic driving tasks during autonomous
runs. Torc will leverage AWS to increase the efficiency of data transfer from its on-road routes
as their team continues to enhance the system. “AWS is an ideal platform for the ingest,
storage, and post-processing of massive amounts of data collected by our on-road test fleet,”
explained Ben Hastings, Torc’s CTO.

Torc’s development team will utilize AWS for both low- and high-demand tasks, as well as data
sharing across remote teams. Torc will leverage AWS managed services such as Amazon
Elastic Kubernetes Service (Amazon EKS) for running simulation software at scale, Amazon
Managed Streaming for Apache Kafka (Amazon MSK), Amazon Managed Workflows for
Apache Airflow (MWAA), and Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) Intelligent-Tiering
to efficiently manage test data and support regulatory compliance. This integration on AWS
will allow Torc to transfer massive amounts of data for log analysis of real-world tests, while
also providing computational power for simulation and deep learning.

“Our software is tested in simulation using a combination of synthetic scenarios and replayed
sensor data,” said Hastings. “These tests often stack up in ways that create significant peak
demands for computing resources. With AWS, we get a solution that can dynamically scale to
meet the needs of the engineering and virtual testing teams without having to acquire and
maintain our own datacenters.”

About Torc Robotics
Torc Robotics, headquartered in Blacksburg, Virginia, is an independent subsidiary of Daimler

Truck AG, the global leader, and pioneer in trucking. Founded in 2005 at the birth of the self-
driving vehicle revolution, Torc has 16 years of experience in pioneering safety-critical, self-
driving applications. Torc offers a completely self-driving vehicle software and integration
solution and is currently focusing on commercializing self-driving trucks. “Trucking is the
backbone of the U.S. economy, delivering food and products to every community in the
country,” said Torc CEO Michael Fleming. “Daimler has led innovation in trucking for more
than a century, from the first truck to driver-assist technology. Torc is working with Daimler
Trucks to commercialize self-driving trucks to make our roads safer and better fulfilling our
the mission of saving lives.”

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