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Old 12th April 2016, 18:34   #1
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Daimler trials convoy of connected autonomous lorries!

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Daimler has trialled three autonomous Mercedes-Benz lorries on public roads from Germany to the Netherlands in an attempt to promote platooning.

The lorries, all Mercedes-Benz Actros, were fitted with Daimler’s Highway Pilot Connect system, which pairs the trucks together using vehicle-to-vehicle technology. This allows the leading truck to deliver a continuous stream of information to the other vehicles through a wi-fi connection.

An array of cameras and sensors allow the trucks to avoid obstacles in the road and even perform an emergency stop. Daimler claims that these systems reduce the reaction time to less than one tenth of a second, down from 1.4 seconds for a human driver.

At least two lorries are needed to start the autonomous platoon, with the first truck in the queue dictating the speed. Unlike lorries driven by a human, which are required to drive at least 50m apart, Daimler says its autonomous lorries can safely run with just 15m between them.

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The test was backed by the Dutch government, which has recently shown support for the banning of petrol and diesel powered vehicles.

Last month, the UK’s chancellor George Osborne outlined plans to trial fully autonomous vehicles on UK roads by 2017, with the Department of Transport saying that autonomous lorries will be tested on UK roads later this year. It is not yet known if Daimler’s vehicles will make it to the UK during their development.

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Especially among trucks & buses, this could be a game-changing technology. If I was a truck driver, I'd be worried.

1. Salaries internationally are on the higher side (nowhere as cheap as in India). USA median for private fleets is $75,000 which is perhaps on par with what an engineering / IT graduate from a good university would get.

2. There's a major shortage of truck drivers in some countries (related news).
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Here’s a video of the trucks in action:

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A neat article from AutoNews:

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It could prove to be a lucrative market for component and technology suppliers, since a fully automated big rig will require an estimated $23,400 worth of sensors and software, according to a study released in April by Roland Berger, a consulting firm based in Munich.
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Default Mercedes Future Truck 2025 - Autonomous Driving Truck

Future Truck 2025 – Perfect synthesis of technology and design



The technology of tomorrow is already a reality at Daimler Trucks, in the shape of the Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025. The autonomously driving truck was presented on the eve of the 65th International Motor Show for commercial vehicles in Hanover, Germany. Its perfect synthesis of technology and design means: The Future Truck 2025 is more than simply a new truck; it is a key component of the transport system of the future. For the Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025 is sparing on resources, reduces emissions of all types, ensures maximum road traffic safety and increases the level of networking in road transport. Goods traffic in the future will be safer, more efficient and more connected as a result. The Future Truck 2025 thus marks a revolution for road traffic and its infrastructure, the truck driving profession and the haulage industry as a whole.
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