All big automakers are working on autonomous driving tech and some of them are even promising fully self-driving vehicles by 2020.
Daimler Trucks is the latest to present their truck of the future – the self-driving Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025, featuring an intelligent Highway Pilot system that has successfully completed its first autonomous journey on a highway near Magdeburg.
If all goes as planned the further improved Highway Pilot system could be launched in production vehicle as early as 2025.
According to Dr. Wolfgang Bernhard: “Autonomous driving will revolutionize road freight transport and create major benefits for everyone involved. With the Future Truck 2025, Daimler Trucks is once again highlighting its pioneering role in innovative technologies and opening up a new era in truck transport. We aim to be the number one manufacturer in this market of the future, which we believe will offer solid revenue and earnings potential.”
During the successful autonomous journey, the Highway Pilot assistance system enabled the truck to drive itself at speeds up to 52.8 mph (85km/h) on the A14 autobahn near the city of Magdeburg, in completely realistic driving situations.
The launch of the autonomous truck is conceivable by the middle of the next decade,” Bernhard added, but does require a new legislative framework for autonomous driving and it is not clear can it be created that quickly.