Watch Mercedes Future Truck 2025 Autonomously Go for a Spin
The work of the long-haul truck driver is tough. With long trailers and even longer hours, the potential for an accident is ever present, but Mercedes’ latest prototype looks to change that and make the trucking industry a whole lot safer. And a lot more aesthetically pleasing. This is the Mercedes Future Truck 2025. It’s a big rig. It’s sleek and futuristic. And once you’re up and moving on the highway, it takes over the job of driving. RELATED: The 2015 Mercedes S600 saloon exudes luxury and sophistication
Radar sensors located in the cab's lower frontal area scan the road ahead at long and short ranges (820 feet and 230 feet), providing the basis for proximity control and emergency braking. In turn, a front-mounted camera installed in the windscreen visually scans the road 328 feet ahead and assists in lane keeping.
Once these systems activate, the truck’s Highway Pilot allows the driver to swivel back and recline away from the normal driving position as well as access core system information from a tablet that doubles as a central screen. That other screen you see in the corner? That's actually the wing mirror - removed in favor of a digital display for aerodynamic reasons.
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While all that does sound a bit unnerving to those of us still a bit apprehensive about the autonomous vehicle, it has already been proven to work … and work well. In fact, this prototype FT 2025 recently achieved driver-less speeds of 50 mph on the A14 motorway in Magdeburg, Germany.
However by Mercedes’ own claims, full production-ready versions are still between five to 10 years in the future. But if they are anything like this one, being an autonomous long-haul driver is about to get become very, very posh. Complementing the curved and aerodynamic theme on the exterior, the Future Truck 2025’s inside retains an amalgam of wood accents, a sweeping dash, and, of course – mood lighting.
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