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Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025

Meet the “Future Truck 2025” a prototype of an autonomous semi-truck developed by German automaker Mercedes-Benz and the engineers at Daimler Trucks. This sleek, futuristic semi-truck is a glimpse at what’s in store for an upcoming “revolution in long-distance road transport.”

Mercedes-Benz is utilizing its semi-autonomous driving technology that’s already available on its S-Class sedans and coupes. This unexpected beauty can be driven by an automated system called Active Drive Assist where the human does the thinking, but the computer does the driving. So, the driver is seated behind the wheel, but he or she will be able to work on a tablet computer, plan the next journey, or check on the condition of the freight stored on smart pallets in the semi-trailer.

This semi-truck, which can reach speeds up to 80kph (about 50mph), has soft-rounded contours and a grid of powerful LEDs. When operating in manual mode, its lights shine white, but when it’s operating in auto-driving mode, its lights transition to a pulsing blue to notify drivers nearby.

The “brain” behind this semi-autonomous operation is its Highway Pilot, which is a system comparable to autopilot on a plane. In order to get the full picture of its surroundings, “Future Truck 2025” houses a network of radar sensors and cameras that capture the spatial awareness required for autonomous driving. It also features new blind-spot-detection technology that optimizes the onboard radar to monitor each side of the truck. It doesn’t have standard exterior-mounted mirrors, but instead interior-mounted screens.

Using “Vehicle to Vehicle Communication,” the truck automatically pulls into the left-hand lane to allow enough room to pass a car broken down on the side of the road. When an emergency vehicle approaches from the rear, the semi-truck will pull over to the right to allow room to pass. The “Future Truck 2025” also includes a three-dimensional digital map, which corresponds with its Predictive Powertrain Control (PPC) technology. These co-mingling systems react to fluctuations in the terrain and topography and therefore help maximize fuel efficiency.

This semi-truck could change up the long-haul trucking industry, especially if government restrictions related to autonomous driving become more relaxed in the near future.

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