World premiere of the new Mercedes-Benz Trucks Actros

3 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineSeptember 7, 2018

The new Mercedes-Benz Actros is sure to turn heads when it hits the road, not least because there are no external mirrors.

The Actros‘s main mirrors and wide-angle mirrors have been replaced by mirror-cams as standard equipment. The mirror-cam offers improved aerodynamics, safety and vehicle handling. The system offers greatly improved all-round visibility and consists of two cameras mounted on the outside of the vehicle and two 15-inch displays on the A-pillars inside the driver’s cab.

The new Actros also offers significantly more safety through partially automated driving: New Active Drive Assist can brake, accelerate and steer in all speed ranges.

Another feature is New Active Brake Assist 5, which provides support in the case of an impending rear-end collision or other crash – if necessary also with automatic full braking. Since the launch of Active Brake Assist 1 in 2006, nearly 230,000 trucks from Mercedes-Benz have been sold with the emergency braking assistant on board.

A fully updated Multimedia Cockpit offers the driver a unique level of operational convenience and display comfort. Two interactive screens are standard equipment and serve as a central source of information in the driver’s digital workplace of the future. Smartphones are integrated via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The Truck Data Center permanently connects the truck with the Cloud and is the basis for all connectivity solutions, such as apps that help the driver to perform his transport tasks. Real-time monitoring of the truck via Fleetboard and Mercedes-Benz Uptime offer added value for truck operators. In addition, the new remote-control key as standard equipment gives the driver additional operating convenience.

Fuel consumption is once again reduced compared with the predecessor: by up to three percent on highways and up to five percent on country roads.

Stefan Buchner, head of Mercedes-Benz Trucks, said with more than 60 innovations, the new Actros already puts the future of heavy-duty trucks on the road today.

“Just four years after the presentation of the Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025 driving in automated mode, we are launching the new Actros with the world‘s first partially automated assistance system in a series-produced truck, thus further extending our leading role for automated driving. When fitted with Active Drive Assist, our new Actros makes the logistics business significantly safer for all road users and more efficient for our customers.”