In logistics, like in other fields, the autonomous vehicle concept was not new. It’s been years the autonomous vehicles have been deployed for the warehouse operations or in mining industry.
It has been 10 years since the first autonomous truck’s prototype has appeared. In October, 2015 autonomous trucks have finally hit the road. The Mercedes-Benz’s Daimler Truck ran its first public road test on German Autobahn.
Just by pushing a blue button, an assisted driver gives all the control to the vehicle, and it will inform him about the possible problems/obstacles it cannot handle itself on its way.
The installed Highway Pilot System has special radars to scan 70 and 250 meters ahead from different angles. The stereo cameras are integrated for detecting road signs and lane markings.
Since Level 4 vehicles are supposed to be driven without any human intervention, the Daimler Truck is considered to be the Level 3 vehicle, which means that the system can control the vehicle only in certain situations.
This new generation trucks have enormous implications on safety. Multiple radars focus on specific objects a man’s eye cannot see, and are able to react to certain situations in a really fast way.
In addition to this, lower environmental impact is expected, as well as the increased efficiency and better rest of the truck driver will be guaranteed.
By: Aurelija Gudauskaite
Reference: Engineering career