At the 2014 International Commercial Vehicle Show (IAA), Daimler brought its spectacular Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025 study, a vehicle that previews the long-distance truck of tomorrow. When it comes to design, the concept is absolutely impressive and follows the Mercedes-Benz design philosophy of ‘Sensual Purity’.
The Future Truck 2025 study represents a big step for the current trucks and its design is composed around the star as the central element. Classic elements such as the headlamps are completely missing and were replaced by LEDs that illuminate the front end, while orange flashing lights indicate when the truck is changing directions.
The colour of the other lights changes to blue when the truck is driving autonomously and to white when is being controlled manually. The interior shows a calming design and creates a visual separation between the areas of driving and living. When the truck is on autonomous mode, the driver is able to recline his seat and turn it by 45 degrees into the space in order to adopt a relaxed position.
A tablet computer is used to process documents and schedule more destinations as well as accepting further orders. Thanks to the radar sensors and camera technology, the Future Truck is able to drive autonomously and does not depend of other vehicles or central control stations. The intelligent ‘Highway Pilot’ system resembles the autopilot found on an aircraft.
The radar sensor located in the front has a 250 meters range and can scan an 18-degree segment, while a short-range sensor has a range of 70 meters while scanning a 130-degrees segment. Meanwhile, a stereo camera installed above the instrument support behind the windscreen keeps the area ahead of the vehicle in view.
If the truck is equipped with the Lane Keeping Assist system, the range of the stereo camera is 100 m and can scan an area of 45 degrees horizontally and 27 degrees vertically. According to Mercedes-Benz, the stereo camera is able to identify single- or two-lane roads, pedestrians, moving and stationary objects, as well as all objects within the monitored area.
Furthermore, the truck features radar sensors installed in the sides that have a range of 60 m and cover an angle of 170 degrees in the longitudinal direction. The “Highway Pilot” can be partnered with V2V and V2I networking, which means that it can communicate with every vehicle found in the near area and transmit continuous information to its surroundings.