Mitsubishi Fuso to introduce Level 2 automated driving features in Super Great heavy-duty truck in 2019

In News, Fuso2 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineSeptember 21, 2018

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) has announced that automated driving Level 2 functions featured in the recently unveiled Mercedes-Benz Actros heavy-duty truck will be installed in the Fuso Super Great heavy-duty truck from 2019.

MFTBC CEO Hartmut Schick made the announcement at the IAA commercial vehicle show in Hanover, Germany, where the new Actros was available for test drives.

Active Drive Assist builds upon Fuso‘s tried-and-tested adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go function and the lane-keeping assistant. The system will provide significant support to drivers and makes an important contribution to increased road safety.

The automated Level 2 system can brake, accelerate and steer independently. Unlike systems that only work at certain speeds, Active Drive Assist offers the driver partially automated driving. New elements are the active latitudinal control and the combination of longitudinal and lateral control in all speed ranges through the fusion of radar and camera information.

Active Brake Assist 5 supports the driver when there is a danger of a rear-end collision or a collision with a person entering the truck‘s lane and can automatically apply hard braking if necessary. A new aspect is that Active Brake Assist 5 now works with a combination of radar and a camera system that allows it to monitor the space ahead of the vehicle and to react to people on the road even better.

With the release of ADA and ABA5, Fuso demonstrates the strength and customer benefits of its long-standing and close collaboration with colleagues in Daimler Trucks and throughout the Daimler Group.

“We share 80% of our components for our Fuso‘s automated driving system with Mercedes-Benz passenger cars. This is a clear demonstration of the value of being part of the Daimler group that Fuso brings to customers in Japan,” said Schick.

The Super Great‘s application of these features will follow the initial release on the new Mercedes-Benz Actros, allowing for a mature and customer-tested system to make its way to Japanese customers in 2019.