Mercedes-Benz launches Autonomous Truck
The Future Truck 2025 from German vehicle manufacturer Mercedes-Benz is self-driving, offering a more efficient and safer transportation option for long-distance driving. The vehicle is part of a wider initiative from parent company Daimler, which aims to shape future transportation.
Once brought up to speed by the driver, the heavy-goods vehicle uses radar and stereo camera technology to monitor the surroundings up to 60m from the truck. The driver, now free to do other things, is provided with updates from the system via a touchscreen tablet. Vehicle-to-vehicle networking would allow the truck to anticipate roadworks or traffic incidents further ahead in the journey.
As highlighted in Autonomous Autos, new technologies for self-driving vehicles is constantly evolving – promising to offer safer driving experiences with ultra-responsive technology that prevents human error. As demand for road freight increases, this area could be a particularly appropriate application for this technology.
Until legislation catches up with these developments, internet-enabled cars are improving driver experience through specially designed apps and enhanced infotainment systems. For further insight, see our coverage of the Connected Cars 2014 conference.