Once the driver engages Highway Pilot he can swivel his seat to 45 degrees to allow for a more comfortable and relax position that also gives him greater freedom of movement to do other activities. Various technologies prevent him from operating Highway Pilot if he leaves the seat or falls asleep.
This graphic describes some of the sensor, camera and V2V/V2I technologies necessary to allow for autonomous driving.
The July 3 demonstration of the Future Truck 2025 also featured the truck’s interaction with numerous other Daimler passenger and commercial vehicles.
In Highway Pilot mode, the instrument cluster functions switch to a tablet, allowing the driver to monitor key operating characteristics and manage important functions, such as scheduling, directly from the tablet.
In one demonstration of the truck’s capabilities, the Future Truck 2025 automatically moves toward the left of the travel lane to provide additional space between it and a vehicle parked in the emergency lane.
Daimler Trucks demonstrated the autonomous driving capabilities of the Future Truck 2025 for several hundred transportation journalists at a section of the autobahn under construction near Magdeburg, Germany.
“The Future Truck 2025 is our response to the major challenges and opportunities associated with road transport in the future,” said Dr. Wolfgang Bernhard, head of Daimler’s global truck and bus business, in launching the company’s event in Magdeburg, Germany, to demonstrate the Mercedes-Benz self-driving truck and to highlight its safety, efficiency and connectivity features and benefits.
In Highway Pilot mode, the truck maintains a constant distance, even when encountering slow-moving vehicles. At any time, however, the driver can take control in order to overtake and pass other vehicles.