Professor Ferdinand Porsche Prize 2019: MirrorCam on new Actros has been celebrated as an outstanding development

1 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineOctober 15, 2019

The Professor Ferdinand Porsche Prize has again been awarded to Daimler AG. The Vienna University of Technology awarded Professor Uwe Baake, head of development at Mercedes-Benz Trucks, and Dr Werner Lang, managing director MEKRA Lang GmbH & Co. KG, with the prize for the development of the MirrorCam. In the new Mercedes-Benz Actros, this system replaces the main and wide-angle mirrors, thus ensuring greater safety and fuel efficiency.

“The MirrorCam assists the driver especially in critical driving situations – not just on the motorway, but also in cities where the aim is to better protect the weakest road users, such as pedestrians and cyclists,” explained Baake.

Thanks to improved aerodynamics, the system can also help reduce fuel consumption. Since 1977, the Professor Ferdinand Porsche Prize has been one of the most important prizes. It is also the one with the biggest prize money (50,000 euros). The accolade is awarded every two years to engineers who have made especially impressive contributions in the field of vehicle development.