Trucks are the lifeline of goods transport on road. They are also the cause of majority of the road accidents. But why so?
Unlike cars, trucks have changed little. Most trucks still don’t have the basic safety features of a car. Plus they are huge, really bulky machines that can overshadow every other vehicle on the road. And worse, they are driven by people who themselves are sick of driving. And this driver fatigue is the reason behind most road accidents.
Until some day in 2025.
The future is coming. Remember this picture from Mercedes?
That is Mercedes’s 'Future Truck 2025’ concept: a truck that can drive itself. That is not here. However, the the same company, Daimler, that made the autopilot for this Mercedes Truck has its own truck with the same technology.
Inspiration Truck. That is what it is called. Made by Freightliner (under Daimler), this truck is a modification to their Cascadia Evolution. The truck looks great, and drives even better. It uses Daimler's “Highway Pilot” technology to make the truck autonomous. The driver is still in charge of the truck, but doesn’t need to actively control it, hence reducing the risk of driver fatigue.