Even fewer people probably know that Mercedes-Benz Trucks has been working on a project to counteract this situation in various ways since 2006.
The German engineers have been working mostly on sleep and the overall fitness and health of truck drivers with the help of the “TopFit Truck Project”.
“With the TopFit Truck project, Mercedes-Benz Trucks is therefore making drivers the focus of its research and development work to counter the lack of drivers by boosting the job's appeal,” explains Siegfried Rothe, Manager of Condition Enhancement at Mercedes-Benz Trucks. “The truck is the only vehicle that, as well as being a means of transport, is additionally a workplace, a living room and a bedroom.”
Some of the technical innovations developed after the original project were implemented in the latest generation of the Mercedes-Benz Actros, such as a wider bed, a better noise insulation to minimize noise pollution when truck drivers sleep in motorway areas, fresh-air management, reclinable driver seats in the power-nap position, with optionally available massage seat.
Since the project is ongoing, Siegfried Rothe and his project team have started to work using two new Actros 1845 tractor units to further develop the driver well-being concept. You can read more about the new TopFit Truck project in the press release bellow.