Mercedes-Benz recently outlined several safety features that are currently available or will soon be available across its various truck ranges. One example is the Electronic Parking Brake, which now comes standard on Actros and Arocs vehicles and engages automatically when the operator opens the driver-side door. Econics now come standard with Active Brake Assist 5 emergency braking, which means they too gain the advantage of the Electronic Parking Brake. Buyers of four-axle Arocs construction trucks also have the option to add Active Brake Assist 5.
Econics have also had Sideguard Assist as an option, which will now be extended to right-hand drive Actros models starting in June 2021. Sideguard Assist makes it safer for drivers to perform left turns or change lanes “in busy environments where visibility may be restricted,” Mercedes-Benz says. It uses two sensors on the passenger side to detect pedestrians and other vehicles and provides visual and audio alerts.
Active Drive Assist, Bumper Options & More
Active Drive Assist (ADA) is an SAE Level 2 autonomous driving technology available for Mercedes-Benz rigids and 4x2 and 6x2 tag axle tractor units. A recently announced emergency stop function will launch for Actros models with ADA in June 2021. Active Driver Assist helps the driver maintain a proper distance from vehicles in front and also keeps the vehicle as close to the middle of the lane as possible. The emergency stop function provides multiple alerts if it detects a lack of human interaction, and after 60 seconds with no response, it can stop the truck safely and turn on hazard lights automatically.
Actros and Arocs models are also now available with steel front bumpers and straight front axles for added durability. Already available for Arocs, Actros buyers can also spec their new trucks with steps with rubber mounts. It’s also possible to raise the Actros’ ground clearance to 85 millimetres with the right tyre option, which Mercedes-Benz says is “likely to prove attractive to operators who particularly want an Actros, perhaps for its on-road styling.” And finally, while the Multimedia Cockpit now comes standard on Actros and Arocs trucks, Mercedes-Benz listened to customers and will continue to offer a Classic Cockpit option for the Arocs.
“The Customer Is King”
“The customer is ‘king’ at Mercedes-Benz Trucks, so our principal focus is always on those who acquire and operate our vehicles,” says Ross Paterson, head of product and marketing at Mercedes-Benz Trucks. “We listen to what they tell us, and wherever possible we deliver what they need. From major safety developments such as the new emergency stop function for Active Drive Assist and the introduction of an Electronic Parking Brake for Econic, to relatively minor, incremental advances like the raised ride height option for Actros, the latest raft of developments and enhancements to our range illustrates perfectly how determined we are to ensure that our trucks continue to be the perfect partners for our customers.”
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