The day is fast approaching when cars and trucks will no longer require human input to go from Point A to Point B, and Mercedes is covering all its bases when it comes to autonomous vehicles.
In addition to its self-driving cars, Mercedes has also shown off what it calls the Future Truck 2025, an autonomous truck that lets the driver focus on other things…like an iPad. Using radar and other sensors to keep tabs on surrounding traffic, the Future Truck can also respond to accidents and traffic jams even quicker than the driver. Eventually, having a human driver will only be a formality required by law, or for particularly tricky parking situations perhaps.
Autonomous trucks represent a huge market potential, able to save money, fuel, and lives if implemented correctly. Volvo is also working on self-driving trucks capable of leading whole convoys down the road, meaning one driver could be responsible for multiple vehicles and loads. You can imagine how this would both devestate and exponentially grow the trucking industry at the same time. Drivers will be fired, but shipping costs could plummet as well, with robot trucks able to deliver packages directly to your doorstep, dealing the final blow to brick-and-mortar stores.
But Mercedes isn’t in any rush, as the name implies. Though its high-end S Class sedan already employs several autonomous driving features, Mercedes has made it clear that it isn’t in any rush to deploy some half-baked technology. Autonomous car technology could reshape the auto industry as we know it, and its imperative that these advancements are fully fleshed out before being deployed on the road. Otherwise, the headlines will ready like some kind of corny sci-fi flick.
“ROBOT TRUCK KILLS DOZENS IN AUTOMATED RAMPAGE”. Yeah, I think I can wait until 2025, or longer if it takes it.