Daimler demonstrates self-driving truck prototype

Daimler demonstrates self-driving truck prototypeTaking a clue from Google Inc's self-driving cars, German auto giant Daimler AG's Mercedes-Benz division recently demonstration a self-driving truck prototype in Magdeburg, Germany.

The Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025, which has been guided by the auto giant's intelligent Highway Pilot System, responded to traffic while driving completely autonomously during the demonstration on Thursday.

The self-driving truck uses radar to scan the road and detect any vehicles up to 250 meters ahead of it. It takes advantage of currently available self-driving features like on-board sensors, lane-warning systems, stability control and automatic braking.

After giving control to Highway pilot of the truck, which has a top speed of up to 52 miles per hour, the driver can rotate his seat to the passenger side to rest or perform some other task. There is an alarm system that warns the driver before reaching a highway exit where the driver should grab the wheel.

The company claims that self-driving trucks would pave way for a more sustainable transport system, which would benefit the economy.

Daimler Trucks CEO Wolfgang Bernhard said, "The Future Truck 2025 leads to more efficiency, and better safety and connectivity. This in turn results in a more sustainable transport system to the benefit of the economy, society and customers."

However, the Mercedes-Benz Future Truck will not be commercially available before 2025.