29 Sep '14, 8pm

Mercedes Shows Off Self-Driving "Future Truck 2025"

Mercedes Shows Off Self-Driving "Future Truck 2025"

Last week, Mercedes-Benz unveiled a demonstration truck in Stuttgart that shows the sorts of things it expects to be selling in the year 2025. The truck sports radical LED lighting, a sleek and aerodynamic design, and radar and camera systems to help the thing drive itself—at least on highways. Mercedes also plants a human being firmly behind the wheel, just in case. The company has long been adamant about the continuing need to keep drivers as backup for robotics and vice-versa. In this view of automated driving, the point is to economize on fuel, improve safety, and give the driver a bit of rest—just not so much that he tunes out altogether. So, while the accompanying video shows the driver's chair swinging to one side as its occupant leans back to sight-see, it emphasizes that checking out is not an option: In Mercedes' take , the driver, far from being "deskilled," wil...

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