It’s popular knowledge that Google is hard at work on a self-driving car here in the United States. However, over in Germany, Daimler, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz, is hard at work on a self-driving truck for the future.
In a video reveal last week, Daimler unveiled its brand new Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025. The video shows the truck driving on its own at normal high speeds on Germany’s famed autobahn.
Using a self-developed system called the Highway Pilot, the Future Truck 2025 can begin driving autonomously at speeds of about 50 miles per hour.
“With it [Future Truck 2025] we are presenting the long-distance truck of tomorrow, and giving an outlook on the transport system of the future,” Daimler said in a statement. “It is based on intelligent networking of all the safety systems already available, plus cameras, radar sensors and vehicle-to-vehicle communication.”
The truck uses vehicle-to-vehicle communication, lateral radar on both sides and a short-range radar on the front of the truck to allow it to drive without a pilot alongside other vehicles. There is also a front camera mounted under the windshield.
The 2025 title is no random number for the name of the vehicle. It impacts just about when Daimler hopes to get these vehicles on the road to the public.
“If the legislative framework for autonomous driving can be created quickly, the launch of the Highway Pilot is conceivable by the middle of the next decade,” said Dr. Wolfgang Bernhard, a member of Daimler’s board of management.
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