Mercedes reveals new traffic stopper
MERCEDES-BENZ has revealed the second generation of its Active Brake Assist system for the heavyduty Actros truck.
The first-generation system enables the truck to sense a slowing vehicle in front and slow the truck without any brake input from the driver.
This new generation of the system can now pull up the truck if it detects a stationary object. Mercedes said the system will now work when traffic stops in front of the truck.
The system uses radar which scans 200m in front of the truck.
If there is a vehicle in that zone, the Active Brake Assist system controls the truck to maintain a safe distance.
Mercedes said the latest- generation Active Brake Assist program works from 1km/h to 100km/h and is more robust in all weather and light conditions. THE Australian Trucking Association has come out hard against the Greens’ plan to increase B-double registration charges to more than $23,000 in a bid to shift more freight to rail.
The Greens recently announced their plan for the national registration charge for an eight-axle B-double to rise substantially from the already-hefty $14,770 fee.
ATA chief executive Stuart St Clair said truck operators are paying more than their fair share and the Greens’ policy is based on dodgy figures and the assumption that every super- market has a railway siding next to its loading dock. A CANADIAN truck driver has been charged with careless driving after police saw him carrying out his own dental work on the road.
Officers pulled over the truck driver in Ontario after another driver reported the vehicle was moving erratically.
Police said that when they stopped the truck, they found the driver had been trying to extract his own tooth and steer the truck at the same time.
He had reportedly tied a string around a bad tooth and connected it to the roof of the cab, hoping a big bump would remove it.
Police said it had worked — the tooth had been removed.
Mercedes said the brake system will now work when traffic stops in front of the truck