MercedesBenz Trucks deliver safety in numbers
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