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. Using this constantly updated view of its surroundings, Highway Pilot is able to steer the truck autonomously.
A camouflaged version of the Future Truck 2025 was shown off earlier this year. That prototype demonstrated the Highway Pilot technology in action at speeds up to 80km/h on a stretch of the A14 motorway near Magdeburg, Germany.
Highway Pilot may be available by 2025 “if conditions permit”. One feature that will be definitely be available soon on Daimler’s truck range is blind spot assistance. Like many similar systems employed on passenger cars, the truck version uses radar sensors to detect vehicles that are along the truck’s flanks and may not be visible to the driver.
The dramatically-styled cab section of the Future Truck 2025 replaces conventional wing mirrors with a more aerodynamic camera setup, which is fed straight into monitors mounted on the A-pillars.
Inside, the Future Truck 2025 features a wood-decked floor and dashboard. There’s also a driver’s seat that can swivel up to 45 degrees, a tablet computer, multiple computer screens and a configurable instrument panel.
All these features allow the driver to perform office work, communicate with others or, even, play games while the truck steers itself. Only the utilitarian steering wheel looks out of place in the concept’s cabin.