Safer Actros on show
MERCEDES-BENZ released its new Actros in Europe, just in time for the IAA Commercial Vehicles Show, which took place in Hanover, Germany in September.
Mercedes-Benz says the new Actros is a truck featuring pioneering innovations in series production, which immediately pay off. The vehicle is said to increase efficiency for business owners and comfort for drivers to a previously unattained level, with fuel consumption falling noticeably while safety and vehicle availability have been increased further.
The new Multimedia Cockpit has a completely updated interface between the driver and vehicle. The driver benefits from a seamlessly connected workspace with digital services and assistance systems, which can be used intuitively and support the drivers to operate even more effectively.
The digital aspects are also claimed to benefit fleet managers and scheduling teams. MercedesBenz says, due to the new Actros’s comprehensive connectivity, it is able to monitor its trucks in realtime without interruption and delays. All necessary maintenance and logistics processes, for example, can be perfectly organised and immediate response is possible in urgent cases.
According to Mercedes-Benz, the most important feature is the new Active Drive Assist. Unlike systems that only work within a certain speed range, Active Drive Assist is said to give the driver access to semi-automated driving at all speeds for the first time in a series production truck.
New features include active lateral control and the combination of longitudinal and lateral control at all speed ranges by combining radar and camera information.
Active Drive Assist builds on the proven Proximity Control Assist system with stop-and-go function, as well as on the Lane Keeping Assist. Active Drive Assist also signals the brakes to kick in if the truck gets too close to a vehicle driving in front and accelerates again until a set speed is reached.
In addition, Benz states that if the vehicle is leaving its lane unintentionally, Active Drive Assist intervenes and independently steers the vehicle back into its lane. The distance from the vehicle in front and the vehicle’s position in its lane can be adjusted in multiple stages using the driving assistance menu.
Compared to its predecessor, the new Actros consumes up to three per cent less fuel on motorways and expressways. With mileage in long-distance haulage typically exceeding 120,000 kilometres per year, this again represents a significant cost reduction for the operator. When travelling on rural routes, the savings can be up to five per cent, as here the effect of the improved Predictive Powertrain Control system is even more significant than before.
In addition, Benz says a number of additional measures have been instrumental in achieving a reduction in fuel consumption. They include continued improvements in aerodynamics, including the new MirrorCam, which replaces the large outside mirrors and helps to reduce wind resistance considerably due to a streamlined shape and smaller dimensions.
The new, concave-shaped cab side deflectors also improve aerodynamics, as the optimised design of the roof spoiler does.