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Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025 concept debuts with autonomous highway driving system

The Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025 concept made its official debut at the IAA commercial vehicle show in Hanover overnight. The Future Truck 2025 is equipped with the Highway Pilot system, which fuses together the truck's various cameras and sensors to create a three-dimensional digital map, which includes the road, topography, and stationary and moving objects...

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