Actros goes autonomous…. well, partially
MERCEDES BENZ HAS LAUNCHED ITS NEW ACTROS – claiming a world- rst for putting a truck with a partially autonomous driving system into series production.
e latest version of the Merc agship features Active Drive Assist, which can brake, accelerate and steer autonomously – and, for the rst time, at any speed.
e new Actros also goes mirrorless – instead oering “greatly improved all-round visibility” via two cameras mounted on the outside of the truck and two 15-inch displays on the A-pillars inside the cab.
Stefan Buchner, head of Mercedes-Benz Trucks, says that in going into production with Active Drive Assist just four years after it showed o its Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025 driving in fully autonomous mode, the truckmaker is “further extending our leading role for automated driving.
“With more than 60 innovations, the new Actros brings the future of heavy-duty trucks to the roads today.”
e new model, he adds, “brings innovations to series production which previously we only showed on our concept vehicles: Active Drive Assist, MirrorCam and numerous other innovations help to make the transportation of goods by road even safer, more ecient and more productive.
“ e new Actros is already now equipped with what is technically possible and commercially worthwhile.”
Active Drive Assist builds on the truckmaker’s “tried-and-tested” adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go function, and its lane-keeping assistant system.
e latest generation of Merc’s Active Brake Assist sees the system upgraded to better support the driver when there’s a risk of a rear-end collision or a collision with a person crossing, approaching or walking in the truck’s lane – and it will fully apply the brakes autonomously if necessary.
New to the system is its combination of radar and a camera system, allowing it to better monitor the space ahead of the vehicle – in particular, better pedestrian detection and avoidance.
e new Actros also features a new Multimedia Cockpit – a “completely updated interface between the driver and vehicle. e driver bene ts from a seamlessly connected workspace with digital services and assistance systems, which can be used intuitively and support drivers to operate even more eectively.
Two interactive screens are standard equipment and serve as a central source of information in what Merc refers to as “the driver’s digital workplace of the future.”
e Truck Data Centre permanently connects the truck with the Cloud and is the basis for all connectivity solutions, such as apps that help the driver perform transport tasks.
e fuel consumption of the new Actros is reckoned to be up to 3% better than the current model on highways and up to 5% better on country roads.
Contributing to the fuel eciency gains are the aerodynamic improvements from the mirror cams and from new rear-edge aps and more ecient gearshifting from the intelligent Predictive Powertrain Control (PPC) for cruise-control and gearchanging. A new, fuel-saving rear-axle ratio is also used.
Mercedes-Benz says its new Actros is the world’s rst production truck with a partially autonomous driving system...and cameras instead of mirrors (inset top). It also features a cab interior (inset above) that it says is “the driver’s digital workplace of the future”