Mercedes re­veals new traf­fic stop­per

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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

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