Mercedes Reveals Autonomous Truck at IAA

Looking like a cross between a first-generation iMac and an original trilogy Stormtrooper, the latest new concept from Mercedes’ Daimler AG truck division is a massive, over-the-road, completely autonomous truck. It’s called the Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025, and the company hopes will lead a revolution in how goods are shipped across America.

That’s right. America. As in: the ol’ US of.

That might seem surprising to industry observers who have watched Mercedes reveal product after product everywhere but the US, where the 3-pointed star’s brand prestige remains unsullied by the company’s rush towards downmarket models and mass-market volume. Still, it’s not always up to Mercedes, and the company has revealed that it has no other choice but the US for a debut of its autonomous trucks– because self-driving trucks are already illegal in Europe.

Watch the video, above, and check out the official comments from Mercedes/Daimler AG, below, then let us know what you think American truck drivers will be doing once these things make them obsolete in the comments section at the bottom of the page. Enjoy!

 

Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025: world premiere of the spectacular study of tomorrow’s trucks – autonomous driving into an exciting future

From a vision to reality – the spectacular Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025 study will be providing a visually exciting and technically feasible take on the long-distance truck of tomorrow at the 2014 International Commercial Vehicle show (IAA). In ten years’ time, trucks could be driving autonomously on motorways. Transport efficiency will increase, traffic will be safer for all road users, and fuel consumption and CO2 emissions will be further reduced. To do this Mercedes-Benz connects existing assistance systems with enhanced sensors to the “Highway Pilot” system. Autonomous driving is already possible at realistic speeds and in realistic motorway traffic situations. The Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025 provides a glimpse of the future shape of trucks.

 

Truck Yeah’s Awesome Autonomous Truck GIF


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Sources | Images: Mercedes/Daimler AG, Truck Yeah!

 

Jo Borrás

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