Why care about the brand-new Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2015 concept shown in Hanover this week for the first time?
A few reasons:
-- The vast majority of S-Class-level active safety and automated driving tech is all-new to the long-haul truck segment
-- Daimler Trucks is the top-selling medium and heavy truck supplier worldwide, so these ideas will populate everything from future Unimogs to the new Damiler India brand BharatBenz in the coming years
-- Germans take concepts seriously: these ideas are all totally feasible and likely already headed to full production in the next five years
-- The active safety is only half the battle: efficiency via aerodynamics is the other half of the coin. The truck and the trailer show revolutionary improvements in drag coefficients, despite no mention of it below.
The latest Mercedes-Benz wind tunnel in Sindelfingen is already winning Formula One races, but that is not its only mission. The huge load bay of this state-of-the-air aero lab is perfectly sized for massive trucks. This innovative aerodynamic design is clearly the best the Daimler Trucks and Mercedes-Benz teams could achieve versus the wind.
So instead of just a style and tech showcase, it is very likely that this ultra-smooth and vent-free nose will also be the end result of other manufacturers' studies.
Next time you are on the highway, or maybe some time in the next five to 10 years, the big rig in your mirror will carry striking similarities with this MB FT2025.
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Dr Wolfgang Bernhard: "Our Future Truck 2025 provides compelling answers to the challenges that our customers will be facing in the future. Our aim therefore is to press forward with readying this technology for the market and to bring it to series-production standard. I am convinced that this will open up a whole new business perspective for Daimler Trucks."