Mercedes-Benz Autonomous Semi
It’s time to go get your Commercial Driver’s License, ladies and gentleman, because by 2025, trucking across the country may just be one of the most sought-after jobs available. With the recent unveiling of the Mercedes-Benz Autonomous Semi, we caught a potential glimpse into the future of truck driving. Currently named “Future Truck 2025” the futuristic semi could revolutionize the trucking industry by helping goods transportation become more efficient, safer and better connected.
While the Future Truck 2025 will be autonomous, it will still require a driver. The autonomous features would simply take some of the burden off the person behind the wheel. Rather than replace the role of the driver, the autonomous system will be an aid when the driver needs a break and can no longer drive to the best of their capabilities due to fatigue or other factors. It also allows truck drivers to manage paperwork and other tasks while on the road.
Although it may seem like something from a science fiction movie and be hard for us to wrap our minds around, the technology is already a reality at Daimler Trucks. The Mercedes-Benz Autonomous Semi was built as part of the “Shaping the Future” initiative by Daimler Trucks, as the company works to reduce emissions and conserve resources, specifically in the commercial trucking industry.
The prototype Future Truck 2025 has already shown it is capable of driving autonomously at speed of nearly 50 mph in lifelike traffic situations on a German motorway this summer.
The Mercedes-Benz Autonomous Semi includes an array of sensors that constantly sends complete images of the trucks surroundings to a multi-core processor. The “Highway Pilot” system also includes a three-dimensional map, so it is already aware of its course and the topography it encounter.
The interior of the Mercedes-Benz Autonomous Semi is no less impressive than the autonomous technology used to pilot the truck. The driver, or cockpit manager, will enjoy a cab that resembles a luxurious hotel lobby or upscale office setting where the driver can comfortably work while the truck drives itself. While driving autonomously, the drivers have the ability to recline their seats and turn it 45 degrees into the open workspace.
While the Mercedes-Benz Autonomous Truck is likely at least ten years away, it points to a number of real possibilities. Additionally, look for more autonomous technology to be avialable in new Mercedes-Benz vehicles in the coming year, as the company continues to innovate and remain at the cutting-edge of technology.
You can find out more information about the Future Truck 2025 by reading the entire press release from Daimler Trucks here.