Autonomous cars are the future of transport, but why confine ourselves to the cars and not apply the technology to trucks as well. With this in mind, Daimler presented the Future Truck 2025, an independent truck that, as the company claims, it will be on the roads within the next decade.
The Future Truck 2025, is a highly advanced prototype, that was presented at media, experts in the field and government agencies on a track of 30 km at the German autobahn. The test was conducted under controlled but realistic conditions, the futuristic truck is often “surrounded” by other vehicles. The prototype is of course based on a Mercedes-Benz Actros that for some reason had a heavily camouflaged exterior whith the dashboard being covered. At the “heart” of the truck, we find the “Highway Pilot” system of Mercedes-Benz, that allows independent movement with speeds up to 85 km/h. As the system is active, it monitors the environment and constantly makes adjustments on the steering wheel, keeping a constant distance of 60 meters from the vehicle ahead. It should be noted that the system is unable to make overtaking maneuvers. To overtake a slower vehicle, the driver must take control of the truck.
Daimler says that this technology can be compared with the most advanced autonomous movement right now: the autopilot of an aircraft. They also say that freeing the driver from driving, means that his role changes to a “transport manager”.