Last week Mercedes-Benz demonstrated the "Future Truck 2025;" one of their Actros 1845 commercial rigs with 12-speeds, 1,600 lb-ft of torque, and a full suite of self-driving tech they call the Highway Pilot. They say we'll be not-driving it in a decade.
"The truck of the future is a Mercedes-Benz that drives itself," said Dr. Wolfgang Bernhard, the member of Daimler's Board of Management responsible for Daimler Trucks and Buses at the truck's demonstration presentation.
I mentioned this to a longshoreman who deals with autonomous container-moving tech all day, who was less enthusiastic; "I hope it works better than our stuff, because our stuff works horribly."
But the demo went well enough; the truck hit about 53 MPH on a section of the A14 Autobahn in Germany, near the city of Magdeburg running itself through lane changes and coming to a stop.
Maybe we won't have to worry about that trucker shortage for much longer, after all.