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) to be held from September 25 to
October 2, 2014 in Hannover in Germany.
to a Mercedes-Benz press release , in ten years' time, trucks could be driving
autonomously on motorways. As a result of this 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. The release says that 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
Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025 constitutes a revolution in efficiency, safety
and networking, a revolution for road traffic and its infrastructure, for
professional driving and for the road transport sector. This is not a new
truck, but rather the key element in the interconnected transport system of the
future. Mercedes is developing this as part of the "Shaping Future
Transportation" initiative by the company to conserve resources and reduce
emissions of all kinds. Other aims are to ensure the highest possible level of
traffic safety and to boost networking with intelligent data management
considerably for tailor-made vehicle and service solutions.
terms of design, the Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025 is appealing to a great
extent with aerodynamics and smooth flowing lines accentuating the vehicle’s
appearance. Compact cameras replace conventional exterior mirrors. Its
windscreen resembles a visor. The study's integral sun screen and aero roof
have a distinctive form.
is interesting is when the vehicle is at a standstill with the engine switched
off the front mask is closed. Classic elements such as the headlamps seem to be
missing at first glance. The Future Truck 2025 comes to life when the engine
starts. LEDs illuminate the surfaces and light up the paintwork. The front mask
gleams and LED bulbs shine instead of conventional headlamps to the left and
right in the bumper. Orange flashing lights indicate when the truck is changing
the fully drivable study is being controlled manually and on the move, the
lights are white. When the truck is driving autonomously, the colour of the
lights changes from white to blue. Wood flows from the floor to the instrument
panel with generous use of the material underlying the inviting atmosphere and
sense of well-being on board.
of conspicuous air outlets there is indirect climate control with a touchpad
replacing conventional switch strips. The support for the instrument panel is
clad in leather. Perfect craftsmanship and build quality sit side by side with
the functional character of the truck's technical features.
an overall concept it combines the high-tech driver's area of the future with a
state-of-the-art, paperless office and a living room. The driver in the
Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025 feels at home even when on the move thanks to
the digital picture frame on the cab's rear panel: here personal photographs of
family or a past holiday scroll through on the screen.
radar sensor in the lower area of the front end scans the road ahead at long
and short range. The front radar sensor has a range of 250 m and scans an
18-degree segment. The short-range sensor has a range of 70 m and scans a
130-degree segment. The radar sensor is the basis for the proximity control and
emergency braking safety systems already available today.
stereo camera installed above the instrument support behind the windscreen
keeps the area ahead of the vehicle in view. This is currently the location of
a mono-camera if optional Lane Keeping Assist is ordered. The range of the
stereo camera is 100 m, and it scans an area of 45 degrees horizontally and 27
stereo camera of the Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025 identifies single- or
two-lane roads, pedestrians, moving and stationary objects, all objects within
the monitored area and also the road surface. The camera recognises everything
that contrasts with the background, and is therefore also able to measure
clearances precisely. The front stereo camera also registers the information on
addition to object and distance recognition, the stereo camera recognises lane
markings as a major function for autonomous lane guidance, the release added.
Picture of Mercedes-Benz future truck, courtesy