MERCEDES TALKS AU­TO­MATED TRUCKS

MERCEDES IS LOOK­ING TO MAKE LONG-DIS­TANCE LORRY DRIV­ING EAS­IER BY 2025

HWM (Malaysia) - - TELEPORT -

Mercedes is known for mak­ing some re­ally lux­u­ri­ous cars, but what many peo­ple tend to for­get is that they were also one of the au­to­mo­bile com­pa­nies at the fore­front for heavy in­dus­try ve­hi­cles, such as trucks (or lor­ries, as we would call them) and tank en­gines.

Fore­go­ing the lat­ter, Mercedes is once again shift­ing its at­ten­tion to the truck man­u­fac­tur­ing divi­sion. The Ger­man com­pany is ac­tu­ally plan­ning on im­prov­ing the lives of long-haul driv­ers with a demon­stra­tion of a new semi-au­tonomous truck. Known as the Fu­ture Truck 2025, the semi-au­tonomous con­cept ve­hi­cle is a com­bi­na­tion of radar and stereo cam­eras, all de­signed to keep the ma­chine on the right course once it comes up to speed. In turn, this frees up the driver from the wheel, al­low­ing him to check up on the fam­ily by mak­ing a phone call to them.

Now, the con­cept it­self is still shrouded in a great deal of se­crecy, and those out­side the test­ing field lucky enough to have ac­tu­ally seen the ve­hi­cle will only see a truck cov­ered in black and white ad­he­sive foil: all de­signed to ob­scure the con­tour of the ve­hi­cle's ex­te­rior. Driv­ing this semi­au­tonomous truck is an AI, known as the ‘High­way Pilot'. Its tasks go be­yond just driv­ing the ve­hi­cle, but also to gather in­for­ma­tion of the road and its sur­round­ings. This, in turn, al­lows the Fu­ture Truck 2025 to make any nec­es­sary ad­just­ment to the ve­hi­cle, to speed up or slow down the ve­hi­cle, or bring it to a stop if it de­tects another ve­hi­cle in front of it.

This semi-au­tonomous truck was de­signed and fab­ri­cated by Mercedes.

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