In the Future You May be Sitting In Your Easy Chair Watching the Road
Trucking From Your Easy Chair
If sitting behind the wheel of your truck and staring at the highway gets a bit boring at times, you might be interested in one of the newest trucking trends. Mercedes-Benz is working on a truck that will be able to drive itself, letting you relax and enjoy the ride from one destination to the next.
Autonomous trucks, like the Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025, are expected to become more common in the not-so-distant future. This prediction is partly based on the fact that there's been a bigger push to develop autonomous cars lately and partly based on the current use of self-driving vehicles in warehouses. Mercedes-Benz expects autonomous trucks to be available on the market by 2025. In fact, this could even happen earlier. The Netherlands is currently working on a plan that would have autonomous trucks on the road carrying freight throughout Europe within five years.
What would this mean for truckers? Even though these vehicles would be capable of driving themselves, they would still need someone on board to ensure that deliveries reach the correct destinations on time. Truckers would be more like passengers, though, which means you'd be free to spend the trip relaxing instead of constantly being alert and keeping your eyes on the road at all times. Autonomous trucks won't necessarily resemble what you're used to either. You might get to enjoy perks like extra cushioned seats that make the ride as comfortable as possible. Imagine being able to relax in a seat that feels like your recliner or armchair at home. If you've been hoping for a less stressful drive on your trucking route or less fatigue, autonomous trucks could be just what you need.