HANNOVER, Germany. With Daimler Truck's Wolfgang Bernhard behind the wheel, the self-driving Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025 made a dramatic entry rolling into an airport hanger here for its introduction at an international press conference. The concept truck integrates a range of new and existing technologies to create a heavy truck capable of fully autonomous operation from a full stop up to highway speeds.
Already run in tests on a German highway, Future Truck 2025 combines “art and engineering,” Bernhard said. Technical highlights include a combination of radar and cameras that create full forward and side sensing of both moving and stopped objects. Tying those integrated sensors into the steering, engine and braking systems creates a truck “that always knows what’s in front and on the side and knows how to respond,” according to the company.