Mercedes-Benz has released fresh details and images about a brand new truck which promises a "revolution on the motorways" for the year 2025.
Start up the engine and LEDs begin to illuminate the front mask and headlights while changing directions will enable an orange flashing pattern to warn traffic participants about the truck's intentions. The lights turn white when the truck is being driven manually and blue when the autonomous mode is enabled.
Step inside the cabin and you will notice an "almost puristic" design with an uncluttered layout combined with natural materials to create a relaxing environment. When travelling in autonomous mode, the driver can recline his seat and turn it by 45 degrees to adopt a more comfortable working position while using the removable tablet.
More importantly, the Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025 is equipped with radar sensors and camera technology granting the possibility of autonomous driving. It boasts a "Highway Pilot" system similar to the autopilot function of an aircraft while a radar sensor installed in the lower area of the front end scans the road up ahead in both long (250 meters) and short (70 meters) ranges.
There's also a stereo camera above the instrument panel support behind the windscreen scanning 100 meters up ahead and 45 degrees horizontally & 27 degrees vertically. This stereo camera is capable of identifying single or two-lane roads, stationary or moving objects, pedestrians, as well as any other objects within the monitored area.
The Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025 is more than just for show as a prototype was actually built and tested this past summer at speeds of up to 50 mph (80 km/h) in "realistic traffic situations" on a section of the A14 highway in Magdeburg, Germany.