Self-driving vehicles are expected to arrive within the next decade, but one type of driver desperately needs the technology now. Truck drivers spend countless hours on the road transporting goods, and accidents with their giant, heavy vehicles are often ugly. Mercedes-Benz hopes to make it easier and safer for them with its Future Truck 2025, an autonomous truck that should be available within the next ten years.
Mercedes-Benz recently revealed a camouflaged version of the Future Truck 2025 a few months ago and now the automaker has revealed the exterior and interior of what it sees as the future of trucking. Next week at the 2014 International Commercial Vehicle show (IAA) in Hannover, Germany Mercedes-Benz is set to reveal the technology that gave the autonomous Future Truck 2025 the ability to reach speeds up to 50 mph on a section of the A14 autobahn near Magdeburg, Germany. Mercedes-Benz believes that with the arrival of self-driving trucks, transport efficiency will increase, traffic will be safer for all road users, and fuel consumption and CO2 emissions will be further reduced.
Big trucks are anything but stylish, but the Future Truck 2025 adheres to the Mercedes-Benz design philosophy of “Sensual Purity” with its soft, slightly curved surfaces that represent both efficiency and emotion. While at a standstill with the engine switched off the truck appears to not have any headlights, but once the Future Truck 2025 is started, LEDs illuminate the surfaces and light up the paintwork. The front end gleams and LED bulbs shine instead of conventional headlamps to the left and right in the bumper.
Inside the differences between today’s “big-rig” truck and the Future Truck 2025 are bigger. Mercedes-Benz has created a calming environment in which the driver will be transformed from simply a truck driver to a transport manager. The clean interior is calm and uncluttered like a modern, paperless office. Utilitarian engineering is juxtaposed with natural materials and a feeling of cosiness and warmth. When the truck is traveling autonomously, the driver can also relax by reclining their seat, which can also turn by 45 degrees. Are you ready for this?