Avoiding accidents or, at the very least, reducing the severity of their consequences is a top priority for Mercedes-Benz Trucks – and this is why the company is constantly researching and developing new and practical safety assistance systems while regularly optimising the existing systems to ensure the safety of its customers and other road users.
Since 1972, Commercial Vehicle Accident Research at Daimler Trucks has investigated accidents involving Mercedes-Benz Trucks to derive optimisation measures for active and passive safety.
Mercedes-Benz Trucks has been pioneering in developing safety and driver assistance systems. Numerous methods have been installed in the individual model series long before such systems became legally required. For example, as early as 1981, Mercedes-Benz became the first manufacturer to introduce the anti-lock braking system (ABS) for trucks. In 2006 Active Brake Assist (ABA) heralded a new era for safety systems: a car could automatically brake for slowly moving obstacles in front for the first time.
In addition to the latest innovation in assistance systems such as Active Brake Assist 5, Active Drive Assist 2, etc., many more functions and initiatives contribute to vehicle and road safety.
Olaf Petersen, the General Manager at Daimler Commercial Vehicles MENA, believes that: “The transport industry keeps the world moving, and it is our responsibility to support it by making our vehicles even safer still; so that customers of Mercedes-Benz Trucks will still be moving the world in another 125 years. Zero accidents are the declared goal of the concept of “integral safety” pursued by Mercedes-Benz Trucks.”
“This year, we are delighted to announce the renewal of our partnership with RoadSafetyUAE, a CSR and Engagement platform aiming to raise awareness for traffic safety. With a similar vision as Daimler Truck’s, RoadSafetyUAE aims to reduce road traffic fatalities, injuries, and accidents in the UAE. Together, we continue to work on improving road safety and awareness through various campaigns and efforts,” concluded Olaf.
With this in mind, Mercedes-Benz Trucks has created an essential A-Z guide to its approach to safety:
- Attention Assist
Increases driving safety and helps to avoid accidents by warning the driver if fatigue or lack of attention is detected.
- Active Brake Assist 5
The fifth generation of the system assists the driver under ideal conditions. And within the system’s capabilities, it can apply maximum full-stop braking when approaching stationary and moving objects by using partial or complete full-stop braking for moving pedestrians*, thus mitigating and even preventing accidents entirely.
*Pedestrian detection remains active in a speed range of up to 50 km/h.
- Comfort Telephony
Enables the driver to talk via the phone without taking the hands off the steering wheel.
- Active Drive Assist
First semi-autonomous driving system in a series-produced truck. Supports the driver in the lateral and longitudinal direction.’
- Electronic Parking Brake
It engages automatically in case of emergency and is released if the driver forgets to remove it.
Mercedes-Benz in-house telematics system. Able to read from all ECUs all codes constantly. Support preventive maintenance and increases uptime.
- Genuine Parts
Provides the best possible quality for the Mercedes-Benz Trucks.
- Hold Function and Hill Holder
It prevents the truck from rolling back when accelerating at an incline.
- Lane Keeping Assist
Warns the driver on time before drifting out of the lane.
Provides the best possible view to the driver by adjusting the angle of the camera lens so that the end of the trailer is always visible. Removing the outside mirror makes the view next to the A-pillar much better when approaching conjunctions and roundabouts, thus improving safety. Reduction of fuel consumption is also achieved due to aerodynamic design.
- Predictive Powertrain Control
It supports the driver by using 3D maps to optimise fuel consumption. The driver can fully concentrate on the driving tasks and ensure that the truck optimises fuel consumption itself.
Every vehicle is developed, built and tested with daily use in mind. Under extreme conditions, endurance testing of more than 6 million kilometres in the Middle East was done on the Actros before the launch here.
- Sideguard Assist
Assistance system that controls the environment next to the truck. When turning, warn the driver if there is a pedestrian or bicycle next to the car. Prevents dangerous accidents.
- Touch Control Buttons
It offers the driver the possibility to control all functions without taking the hands off the steering wheel.
- Underride Guard (Rear)
It enhances passive safety and protects other road users since driving under the vehicle’s rear end is more complicated.
- Vehicle Pre-delivery inspection
During the PDI, the workshop ensures all systems of the vehicles are in perfect condition, thereby guaranteeing the overall safety of the car.
- Wireless Charging
Ensures that the mobile phone battery is always charged without a connecting cable, preventing the driver or co-driver from tripping over.
- 125 Years
Mercedes-Benz Trucks celebrates its 125th anniversary this year. The products and safety assistance systems result from 125 years of innovation and passion.
- Zero accident vision
Mercedes-Benz Truck’s vision is to reduce accidents to a minimum – this is called the so-called Zero Accident vision.
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