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Mercedes Has Built The Self-Driving Truck Of The Future

08/10/2014 09:26 BST | Updated 08/10/2014 09:59 BST

Mercedes-Benz has unveiled its truck of the future and while at first glance that might sound like a reasonably dull proposition it's actually incredible.

The Future Truck 2025 is essentially an office on wheels with wooden flooring, interior lighting details and tablets instead of books or papers.

With LEDs instead of headlights and cameras instead of wing mirrors the truck is all about using technology to make it safe on highways.

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In the Future Truck 2025 the driver would reach the motorway, speed up to 50mph and then engage the 'Highway Pilot' system. The truck would then become fully autonomous, steering, changing speed all using a bank of sensors located around the vehicle.

The driver can then rotate the chair round 45-degrees, sit back and read a book, watch a film or just have a nap in what looks like one of the comfiest chairs we've ever seen in a moving vehicle.

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Once the truck is ready to leave the highway an alert sounds throughout the cabin telling the driver to get back behind the wheel and take it from there.

There were over 300,000 truck crashes reported in just the US in 2012 and Mercedes-Benz is looking to seriously cut that down with the hope being that by having such a large safety net of sensors around the vehicle it'll be able to prevent accidents before they even happen.