A truck drives along a motorway all by itself, at a speed of 80 km/h, communicating with its surroundings and ensuring more safety on the roads. It also saves its operator money, and relieves its driver of stress and fatigue in monotonous traffic situations.
Sounds like science fiction? Think again, as it is already here today - the Future Truck 2025 from Mercedes-Benz. The Highway Pilot system enables this truck to drive autonomously at a speed of 80 kilometres per hour. With it we are presenting the long-distance truck of tomorrow, and giving an outlook on the transport system of the future. It is based on intelligent networking of all the safety systems already available, plus cameras, radar sensors and vehicle-to-vehicle communication.
There are many challenges facing the road transport sector: Despite increasing traffic density, investment in the infrastructure is in decline. Added to this are increasing cost pressure on transport operators and the already acute shortage of drivers. Daimler Trucks has an answer to all this – the truck of tomorrow: safer, more efficient, highly networked and autonomous.
Thanks to autonomous driving, the transport sector could look like this in only ten years: Traffic flows are smoother, more predictable and safer. Human error behind the wheel is avoided. Freight forwarders operate more profitably and flexibly. The professional profile of the truck driver has undergone a change – from a trucker to a transport manager with far more responsibilities.
Hard to believe? Then take a look at this Special, where we have put together everything worth knowing about the Future Truck 2025 for you. And from tomorrow you can see it in "autonomous action" – in a recording of the world premiere run on a section of the A 14 autobahn near Magdeburg.
Why autonomous driving? Is there a danger of gridlock in the future? Nobody can be certain. But experts agree on one contributing factor: forecasts for the future development of goods traffic in Europe suggest that it will increase considerably.
The Mercedes-Benz Future Truck The technological basis for the Future Truck 2025 with "Highway Pilot" is the Mercedes-Benz Actros 1845.
Interplay of connectivity, efficiency and security With its "Highway Pilot" system, the Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025 is an intelligently conceived and realistic response to current developments – it communicates with its environment and drives autonomously.