With Mercedes-Benz Trucks, the best keeps getting better


The announcement last month of a new emergency stop function designed to further increase the safety of its ground-breaking Active Drive Assist technology has underlined once again Mercedes-Benz Trucks’ commitment to the constant improvement of its products.

Many of the innovations and developments made to its range by the company’s engineers are in direct response to feedback from UK customers.

Recent examples include an enhancement to the Electronic Parking Brake (EPB) fitted as standard on new Actros and Arocs models, which is now applied automatically whenever the driver opens their door and the vehicle is not moving.

Low-entry Econic models now leave the production line with standard-fit Active Brake Assist 5, a system first seen in the new-generation Actros launched last year. The latest version of Mercedes-Benz Trucks’ industry-leading emergency braking aid employs cameras for the first time, as well as radar.

Not only does this technology further increase safety for vulnerable road users and drivers of a vehicle that already leads the field in terms of Direct Vision, but it is also more accurate and reliable, while making the experience at the wheel more enjoyable and less stressful, particularly for those engaged in distribution and associated applications.

The electronic architecture required for operation of Active Brake Assist 5 means new Econics benefit from the Electronic Parking Brake too.

By contrast, while Sideguard Assist is already an established option for Econic customers, it also becomes available for right-hand drive Actros from June 2021 production. This news will delight safety-focused transport industry pundits in Britain, who have been urging the manufacturer to offer this system on other models in its range.

Sideguard Assist supports the driver when making left turns and changing lanes in busy environments where visibility may be restricted. Within the system limits, it is designed to reduce the possibility of accidents involving vulnerable road users. Two short-range radar sensors mounted on the passenger side of the vehicle monitor up to a lane’s width, and deliver optical and acoustic warnings which alert the driver to the presence of cyclists, pedestrians or other vehicles.

Ross Paterson, Mercedes-Benz Trucks’ Head of Product & Marketing, declared: “The customer is ‘king’ at Mercedes-Benz Trucks, so our principal focus is always on those who acquire and operate our vehicles. We listen to what they tell us, and wherever possible we deliver what they need.

“Together, Mercedes-Benz Trucks and its sister brand FUSO offer the broadest product range of any manufacturer, and we are widely acknowledged as the market leader when it comes to technical innovation. We also recognise, though, that even the best trucks can always be improved on, whether through enhancements to their standard specification or extensions to the range of available options.