Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025 – Drive Into Future
Have you ever experienced driving from San Francisco to Los Angeles in weather over 1000F on Highway I-5? I have done that so many times with my 2-door car. Seriously, it’s an absolutely tough drive.
But wait, what if I introduce you a vehicle that will allow you sit back, relax and keep on trucking? I’m talking about the Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025.
The Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025 is how the German brand foresees the near future based on their extensive study of tomorrow’s trucks: autonomous driving. Scheduled for a world premiere at the 2014 International Commercial Vehicle Show (IAA) in Hanover, Germany, the Future Truck 2025 will come with a plethora of technological advancements in a number of different fields.
The technology could make truck driving more appealing as a profession. The shipping industry today is facing a worldwide shortage of drivers, due in part to the long, boring hours involved in the job.
Based on the test-drives that took place this summer on a section of the A4 motorway in Magdeburg, Germany, the Future Truck 2025 with its autonomous driving system actually performed at speeds of up to 50 MPH in realistic traffic conditions. Mercedes confirms the system works independently of traffic, with the truck adapting its speed “within the permitted limit and maintaining a set safety distance” from any vehicle travelling ahead.
The concept uses a multitude of radar sensors scanning the road ahead and around the vehicle, constantly feeding information to all of its electronic central processing unit, including the Blind Spot Assist System that warns the truck about other road users when turning as well as imminent collisions with stationary obstacles.
The prototype’s cabin is unveiled with a removable tablet for doing work on the fly, and a driver’s seat that rotates 45 degrees to let the operator stretch out. The wood flooring and leather trim is slightly more upscale and less industrial than a typical semi’s appointments, looking more like that of an S-Class sedan.
The exterior of the truck has also been optimized for aerodynamic efficiency to improve fuel economy, while giving it a next-generation style that is perfect for the auto show circuit.
Definitely, the Future Truck 2025 is the most relaxing vehicle until now, but it doesn’t mean there won’t be anything to do. The driver will still be responsible for navigating off-highway roads and overtaking, but Mercedes-Benz thinks the technology and regulatory framework will allow the Future truck 2025 to be on the road by 2025.
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