Mercedes-Benz Previews Self-Driving Semi Truck

Mercedes-Benz is already one of the leaders in developing autonomous driving technology for passenger cars, and now the company is extending this technology to a new segment: semi trucks. This so-called Future Truck 2025 gives a glimpse at how self-driving tech could revolutionize road freight transport in the future with its new Highway Pilot system.

This technology allows the truck to drive itself on the freeway at speeds up to 52 mph thanks to a system that is even more advanced than existing adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, and automatic braking systems. Mercedes compares the Highway Pilot system to an autopilot system on an airplane, as this technology uses information about road topography and other route characteristics to optimize powertrain usage for better fuel economy. Eventually, the company envisions the possibility for trucks to communicate with each other to predict and plan upcoming acceleration and braking patterns to create a homogenous traffic pattern.

Mercedes-Benz also sees the importance of this self-driving technology in terms of how it would open up the possibilities for truck drivers, as road transport throughout Europe is estimated to increase over the next decade. Not only would the autonomous systems shown in the Future Truck 2025 minimize the amount of monotonous driving for drivers, it would also free up these drivers to perform other tasks while the autopilot is engaged. For instance, drivers would have more time to perform transport management duties from behind the wheel, which could make truck driving a more attractive profession according to Mercedes-Benz.

Even though Mercedes performed a successful test of the Future Truck 2025’s Highway Pilot system on the A14 autobahn in Germany, the technology is still further down the road in terms of real-world applications. The company is aiming to launch this self-driving system by 2025 at the earliest, hence the prototype truck’s name. That’s slightly later than when Mercedes-Benz plans to sell a self-driving car equipped with its Intelligent Drive autonomous technology that’s already been tested on real-world roads in a 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class in Germany

Phil N. DeBlanc
KEEP your eye's on the road, your hands upon the wheel. Besides many are already self driven while drivers text and use their cells!! NO this should NEVER HAPPEN!!!
Phil N. DeBlanc
Self driving 100 tons thanks.
Amol Rathod
I will never travel in them.
Zainudin Hassan
Rick Mente
So what happens with these autonomous cars when the brakes start to go bad in one?
Marcos Agote-Robertson
Comando Alta Gama
George Likimani
good idea. downside overreliance on technology will bring this world to end. disaster
James Brooks
I don't like the idea of self-driving anything, let alone trucks
Richard Godfrey
We need it on the Jersey Turnpike.
Robert May
If only American semi trucks looked this good.
Pedro Peñafiel
Boring, of course.
Bryan L'Ecuyer
If it keeps them in the slow lane and out of the passing lane I am all for it.
Rohan Ricardo Reid
Oh i read it of course John. The reason why i said it was a bad idea, is because, a computer controled big rig such as that is very dangerous in my opinion. Can a computer adopt quick thinking and defensive driving techniques if the unthinkable should happen? i think not. Its a wonderful idea, and i applaud it. But in this day and age, it would be too dangerous.
John Lopez
Maybe read the article before commenting
Miles Riitters
Wondering how long it'll go before it takes out a family in a sedan. You think you've been in a scary situation with a tractor-trailer? Imagine a computer trying to react and giving up because the situation does not fit it's parameters.
Lee Klein
It's all just a matter of time.
Eric Seeger
It's not completely self-driving, it's autopilot with a trucker at the wheel. Lot lizards will still have work to do.
Jason Gwardiak
Great idea. The trucks will drive better that's for sure. Through the night. In the right lane at the right speed. Who knew!!!!!
Rohan Ricardo Reid
Bad idea
Jack Geerer
Mohnishh Solanki No, you may not.
Jose Lopez
Not Brilliant and it is dangerous. Why not just drive the vehicle? problem solved.
Brian Barkis
But how's a self-driving truck going to keep the businesses of lot-lizzards, speed pedders and truck stop diners alive?
Mohnishh Solanki
can I ask u one question ?????
Mohnishh Solanki
can I ask u one question ?????
Mani Kanta
Great idea by Mercedes Benz

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