This concept vehicle has ushered in a new era for the transport industry: it has gone into the history books as the world's first autonomously driving truck. Yet its futuristic concept is closer to reality than you think.
For weeks on end, an uncompleted section of motorway near Magdeburg was shielded off from the outside world. Word had got around locally that there was more than road construction going on behind the sight protection screens. It was also rumoured that Daimler was involved. But not what exactly was going on.
On 3 July 2014, the secret was aired: with the Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025, Daimler Trucks unveiled the transport system of the future. The truck of tomorrow will drive itself. The road there is being paved by assistance and telematics systems that are already in use today. These were brought together in a highly intelligent system called "Highway Pilot". The result: increased safety, lower fuel consumption and also improved working conditions for professional truck drivers. And improved vehicle/transport management and app-based solutions will enable fleet operators to save money.
Yet the pioneer among autonomously driving trucks is not just intelligent. The engineers at Daimler Trucks have given it not just a futuristic exterior, but a new life in the interior. The credo is: less is more. Fewer controls, more freedom of movement.