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The Future Truck 2025 combines efficiency and emotion

19 May 2016

Mercedes-Benz' Future Truck 2025 makes a great design leap from the classic truck to the autonomous transport of the future, combining function and efficiency.

Future Truck 2025 (Credit: Mercedes-Benz)

The design of the truck will combine function and efficiency, the exterior is designed with soft, aerodynamically flowing forms with visual effects from the paintwork in light silver emphasising the trucks smooth contours.

Instead of your traditional mirrors, the truck has compact cameras with a windscreen that resembles a visor. 

‘The front mask comes alive when the engine is started’; classic elements appear to be missing at first glance, like headlamps, as when the truck is stationary with the engines off the front mask is closed. Yet, when the truck is started, LEDs illuminate the surfaces to the left and right bumper. Orange flashing lights indicate when the truck is changing direction. When the truck is driving autonomously, the lights change from white to blue and pulsate strongly and clearly to make other drivers aware of its driving status. 

With regards to the interior design, wood flows from the floor to the control panel. The control panel is calm and uncluttered, with displays clearly separating instruments and the exterior cameras. Lighting effects within the cab also emphasise the character of the ‘Future Truck’.

Whilst the truck is driving autonomously, the driver has the option to recline in their seat and turn by 45° into the space of the cab. Communication is achieved through a tablet, whereby the driver can process documents or schedule further destinations. 

For more information of the Future Truck 2025, click here.

Video courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.

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