Ford has unveiled a new concept heavy-duty truck at the IAA Commercial Vehicles 2018 show in Hannover, Germany. The F-Vision concept is a large commercial truck that combines future propulsion and clean energy with autonomous driving. The F-Vision was designed and prototyped by Ford’s Turkish design center.
The F-Vision is a level 4 autonomous truck – meaning it can drive itself without any human interaction – and is compliant with the European Road Transport Research Advisory Council’s autonomous drive road plan for heavy commercial vehicles. It’s designed to be self-driving as needed (it can also be controlled by an onboard human driver) as well as zero-emissions, with a battery-electric drivetrain.
The design inspiration for the F-Vision truck, Ford’s designers say, comes from comic book characters. It’s made to adapt to its environment through smart materials. For instance, windows can automatically tint to counteract the sun’s brightness, plus they can raise and lower to maximize or minimize the driver’s view of their surroundings. Window tint colors are matched to the body, giving the truck a “machine-like” look.