MERCEDES TALKS AUTOMATED TRUCKS
MERCEDES IS LOOKING TO MAKE LONG-DISTANCE LORRY DRIVING EASIER BY 2025
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.