The new version of the autonomous control system was first installed in something more than a concept car. In the cockpit of the usual Mercedes-Benz Actros, she was tested by the executive director of Daimler and the head of the district of Baden-Württemberg.
The system uses two types of radars. The near-range sonar allows you to scan surrounding obstacles at a distance of up to 70 meters in the 130 ° area, while the “long-range” radar estimates already 250 meters in the 18-degree corridor. The received data in combination with a stereo camera makes it possible to recognize the layout of the highway and control the truck through active cruise control, brake control and steering controllers.
To conduct the demonstration, Daimler was forced to obtain a special permit from the German traffic management, which allows the semi-autonomous truck to be pulled onto the highway and traveled at a speed of up to 85 km / h.
The Higway Pilot system was first shown last year as part of a Mercedes-Benz future truck – a concept designed to demonstrate the future of trucking. Then earlier this year anothercompany concept based on the Freightliner truck received a license for use in the state of Nevada USA.