Mercedes is making Self-Driving truck which will reduce the accidents happening on the highways and thus save thousands of lives. While it’s not fully automated self-driving like Google’s Cars, it can run on its own on open road i.e. on highways.
Mercedes is calling it the “Future Truck 2025”.
It uses combination of cameras and sensors to navigate on its own. It is equipped with dual cameras, radar sensors, and the blind-spot technology (Mercedes calls it “Highway Pilot”). A driver is needed to get the truck into the traffic and merge it in the surroundings. After this, driver can just sit back and relax. The interiors shown in the pictures released by Mercedes suggest some of the most premium interiors one can imagine for a truck.
Wired writes about this Highway Pilot system :
“It never gets tired. It’s always 100 percent and sharp. It’s never angry; it’s never distracted,” says Dr. Wolfgang Bernhard, the Daimler board member for trucks and buses. “So this is a much safer system.”
Headlights have been replaced by LEDs which change their color from white to blue when speed touches 50mph mark and cameras have replaced side view mirrors to help aerodynamics.
Wired notes that this autonomy and self navigation can cause problems related to highway and road regulations. But, Mercedes has got some time in its pocket to get these things right because it is still a prototype and will not hit the highways before 2025.
Watch the Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025 | World Premiere below!