Mercedes-Benz Trucks updates MirrorCam

In News, Mercedes-Benz, Actros2 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineMay 6, 2022

Mercedes-Benz Trucks has updated MirrorCam for the first time, with the second generation available for the Actros and Arocs as well as eActros series.

“The intensive discussions with our customers and their experiences from day-to-day operations formed the foundations for us to make further adjustments to individual technical parameters, thereby generating even greater added value, especially in terms of display and safety,” said Uwe Baake, head of product development at Mercedes-Benz Trucks.

The camera arms on both sides have been shortened by ten centimetres on both the narrower and wider cab, enabling drivers to reverse in a straight line more easily than with the first MirrorCam generation. This particularly comes as a result of MirrorCam’s perspective now being even more akin to that of conventional glass mirrors.

Shorter dimensions bring about another advantage because with the 2.5m-wide cab, the camera arm now protrudes no further than the kerb mirror which is within drivers’ plain sight.

As part of the revision of the camera-based system, Mercedes-Benz Trucks has also evolved further features. For example, a drip edge has been incorporated at the bottom of MirrorCam to prevent rainwater from running onto the lens and causing undesirable visual effects.

In addition, engineers at Mercedes-Benz Trucks have further optimised the tone mapping reflected primarily as an improved contrast display. The camera system’s evolution in colour and brightness adaptation means that the displays show the area relevant to the driving situation more accurately when reversing into a dark or poorly lit facility.

Mercedes-Benz said the implemented revisions result in an even higher added value for MirrorCam overall. The enhanced system can help to manage situations such as overtaking, manoeuvring, driving in poor visibility and darkness, cornering and passing narrow spaces even more safely and without causing stress.

The existing advantages are still available, such as wide-angle mode when manoeuvring backwards, distance lines on the display for better assessing the distance from objects behind the vehicle being driven, camera image panning when cornering or monitoring of the vehicle’s surroundings during rest periods.