Last week, Daimler Trucks officially announced the self-driving Mercedez-Benz Future Truck 2025 Concept – an innovation vehicle with the Highway Pilot system, which can drive completely autonomously at speeds of up to 85 km/h. Now, the official video of the truck in action arrives from the German manufacturer. Daimler Trucks demonstrated the vehicle on a trip along a section of the A14 autobahn near the city of Magdeburg, in which the Future Truck drove itself in completely realistic driving situations.
Expressing his views on the Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025 concept, member of Daimler’s Board of Management responsible for Daimler Trucks and Buses, Dr. Wolfgang Bernhard said, “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.”
The world premiere featured an demonstration of the truck’s technology in the presence of several hundred media representatives, government officials, businesspeople, capital-market analysts and investors. In addition, Daimler AG held a conference on the future of freight transport with the involvement of renowned industry experts. The goal of the event was to establish an ongoing dialogue with all stakeholders about the conditions for transport in the future, in which self-driving trucks will play a major role.
Speaking about the possible introduction of the Future Truck, Bernhard explained, “If the legislative framework for autonomous driving can be created quickly, the launch of the Highway Pilot is conceivable by the middle of the next decade. That’s why Daimler Trucks is committed to maintain a dialogue with government officials and authorities, and with all other parties affected by this development. We believe the chances of success are good, because autonomous driving combines the ability to achieve business and technology objectives with the creation of benefits for society and the environment.”
Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025 concept may not be on the cards for the near future as a lot depends on lawmakers setting a proper legislative framework for driverless vehicles.
Till then, watch the Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025 in action through video below. Do share your thoughts through comments below.