Mercedes-Benz has officially released the full details of the Future Truck 2025 after revealing it as a concept in July.
The Future Truck 2025 is developed as part of the “Shaping Future Transportation” by Daimler Trucks to conserve resources, reduce CO2 emmisions and increase transport efficiency. It also aims to ensure the highest possible level of traffic safety and to be more connected with intelligent data management. Also, the truck can drive autonomously.
The front fascia of this radically designed truck gets LEDs to illuminate the road instead of conventional headlights. The lights turn white when the truck is being driven manually and blue when autonomous mode is enabled. The Future Truck 2025 also has an integral sun screen, an aero roof and even gets compact cameras that replace conventional side mirrors.
The interior of the Future Truck 2025 focuses on essential functions and highlights an “almost puristic” design, according to Mercedes-Benz. Wood accent flows from the floor to the instrument panel with dark finish. When travelling autonomously, Mercedes-Benz says the driver may recline their seat and turn it by 45 degrees to be able to relax and to have a comfortable working position. The Future Truck 2025 also has a removable tablet computer attached to the center console.
Designed to bring “revolution on the motorways,” the Future Truck 2025 is equipped with radar sensors and camera technology that enables the truck to drive autonomously. It has a “Highway Pilot” system that is similar to the autopilot function on an aircraft. The radar sensors in the lower area of the front end scans the road ahead at long (250 m) and short (70 m) range. The Future Truck 2025 also has a stereo camera placed behind the windshield that scans an area of 45 degress horizontally and 27 degrees vertically. It also identifies single or two-lane roads, pedestrians, moving and stationary objects.
The Future Truck 2025 has already been tested at speeds of up to 80 km/h in realistic traffic situations on a section of the A14 motorway in Magdeburg, Germany.