MercedesBenz Trucks deliver safety in num­bers

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In 1896, Got­tlieb Daim­ler built the world’s first truck and ever since Mercedes-Benz Trucks has con­tin­ued to rein­vent it. As part of the Daim­ler Trucks fam­ily, Mercedes-Benz has been a hall­mark of safety and in­no­va­tion for more than a hun­dred years and continues to spend just un­der $20 mil­lion ev­ery day to bring the lat­est tech­nol­ogy and safety to its ve­hi­cles.

Ve­hi­cle safety has come a long way in re­cent years and Mercedes-Benz Trucks has been leading the way MercedesBenz Truck and Bus gen­eral man­ager Justin Whit­ford, said.

More re­cently, the brand has de­vel­oped hy­poid axles for ef­fi­cient driv­ing, the new Zet­ros spe­cial ve­hi­cle for un­com­pro­mis­ing con­di­tions and un­veiled the world’s first dual-con­trol Econic con­cept ve­hi­cle.

Al­though these have all been within the past 12 months, in­ven­tion and in­no­va­tion has al­ways been in the brand’s DNA.

In 1924, Mercedes-Benz be­came the world’s first se­ries pro­duc­tion diesel truck.

In 1981 the brand de­vel­oped the world’s first anti-lock brak­ing sys­tem, fol­lowed in 1987 by the world’s first ac­cel­er­a­tion skid con­trol.

The mid 1990s rep­re­sented a time of change for the Mercedes-Benz Trucks group with the in­tro­duc­tion of the Ac­tros.

This was a truck ahead of its time with tech­nol­ogy in­clud­ing Tel­li­gent brak­ing sys­tem, the com­bi­na­tion of disc brakes with an elec­tro-pneu­matic brak­ing sys­tem.

Mercedes-Benz shortly af­ter be­came the first in the world to of­fer sta­bil­ity con­trol, au­ton­o­mous cruise con­trol with Tel­li­gent prox­im­ity con­trol and lane as­sist.

In 2006, Mercedes-Benz re­leased the first truck with an au­to­matic emer­gency brake sys­tem which al­lowed the truck to sense a slow-mov­ing ob­sta­cle in front of it and alert the driver, ap­ply­ing par­tial and a full emer­gency brake depend­ing on the driver’s re­ac­tion.

More re­cently, the sec­ond gen­er­a­tion ac­tive brake as­sist has been de­vel­oped which ap­plies brakes au­to­mat­i­cally for slow mov­ing and fixed ob­sta­cles. At this same time, the brand in­tro­duced a SRS driver’s airbag and seat­belt pre­ten­sioner as stan­dard equip­ment.

‘‘We have led the way in en­sur­ing a cleaner fu­ture and pi­o­neered se­lec­tive cat­alytic re­duc­tion tech­nol­ogy us­ing Ad­blue. In Aus­tralia we have led the way and were the first truck man­u­fac­turer to of­fer Euro 5 com­pli­ant trucks to the mar­ket,’’ Mr Whit­ford said.

In­ven­tion and in­no­va­tion has al­ways been in the brand’s DNA

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