For a few years now, Freightliner has been trotting out its truck-of-the-future prototypes. The big black truck was impressive to say the least. There hasn't been a show that it's been here that I haven't made at least one trip by it.
Today, Mid-America Trucking Show Press Day 2012, we saw the finished product. Sure, it's still a prototype, but it's a working prototype. It rolled up on the stage under its own power.
Obviously aerodynamic, the truck is certainly an eye-catcher. Check out these photos.
There's something about a concept truck that they say is part daycab and part sleeper that made me mentally raise an eyebrow. How?
Pretty simple -- the truck is designed for one person. For starters, there's not even a passenger seat. Better than that, there's not even a passenger door.
The truck is optimized for the one-driver operations. The "work" area behind the driver's seat converts into a bunk area in case a driver is out of hours, or just wanting to grab a quick nap during the day.
To add to its futuristic appeal, the truck's in-dash controls feature an iPad dock that can run all of the handy apps made just for drivers -- log book, route optimization, you name it.
Freightliner didn't announce a launch date for the truck, and I bet you have more questions. Maybe we should post them in the comments below and let Freightliner folks answer them.
As for me, tomorrow I'm climbing in that sucker and having a good long look around.