Mercedes-Benz Shows Self-Driving Future Truck 2025 [w/Video]
Everyone is talking about self-driving cars, but Mercedes-Benz is showing off a self-driving big rig. It's called the Future Truck 2025, and it could make the work of long-haul driving easier and safer for everyone. The truck is on display at the International Commercial Vehicles show in Hanover, Germany, this week. Not only is it packed with the future tech that makes self-driving vehicles possible, it looks like a truck of the future. It has a distinct aerodynamic design and uniquely placed LED lights that are white when the driver is in control and blue when the Highway Pilot system has the wheel. PHOTOS: Take a Look at the 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA
This truck is loaded with radar sensors that are able to scan the road to keep things on track and even has blind-spot detection. It can also detect emergency vehicles and carefully move aside so they can pass.
While the truck is driving itself, this frees up the driver to do other things, including relaxing and giving their eyes a much needed break from the road. Long-haul drivers often work rough hours that can make them tired so getting a little rest enroute by not having to watch the road will help make human drivers safer, too.
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This isn't just a concept vehicle either, but one that is ready to hit the road. Unfortunately, it's not yet legal in Europe but in the US it does pass muster in some states like Arizona and Nevada. How soon you'll see this truck in your rear view mirror all depends on how quickly legislation catches up to technology.
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