If the idea of a self-driving car strikes you as just another intriguing future tech trend that may never make it to the mainstream, put that thought out of your mind — the latest from Mercedes-Benz indicates that self-driving autos are here to stay.

Daimler, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz, unveiled a demonstration video of its Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025 on Friday, showing the vehicle driving on its own at high speeds on Germany’s autobahn.

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Using a system the company calls the Highway Pilot, the human driver is able to switch control of the truck to the vehicle’s embedded system and ride hands-free as a passenger.

In order to allow the truck to autonomously drive alongside other cars, the Highway Pilot uses a combination of vehicle-to-vehicle communication via Wi-Fi (with a range of 1,640 feet), lateral radar on both sides of the truck (with a range of 197 feet) and full range (820 feet) and short-range (230 feet) radar mounted on the front of the truck. The truck also uses a front stereo camera, mounted just under its windshield…see more

source: mashable