Ac­tros cock­pit is a hub of apps and video mir­rors

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Fol­low­ing its world pre­miere at a trade fair in Ber­lin, the new MercedesBenz Ac­tros is said to boast some 60 tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tions and new de­sign hallmarks.

Most no­tice­able is the ab­sence of reg­u­lar ex­te­rior mir­rors. In­stead, the new ver­sion of the heavy-duty truck comes as stan­dard with the dy­nam­i­cally de­signed Mir­rorCam.

De­sign-wise, the new Ac­tros is de­scribed as rev­o­lu­tion­ary rather than evo­lu­tion­ary.

“The fo­cus is no longer pri­mar­ily on the ex­te­rior — namely iron and steel. The in­ter­ac­tion between driver and truck is now more the fo­cal point. This be­comes ob­vi­ous as soon as you see the new in­te­rior,” says Gor­den Wa­gener, chief de­sign of­fi­cer at Daim­ler AG.

Touch­screen dis­plays on both in­sides of the A-pil­lars act as rear views. These can be dec­o­rated in high-gloss ash wood, brushed alu­minium or car­bon­fi­bre-look trim el­e­ments.

The cabin of the lat­est Ac­tros fea­tures few ana­logue switches. The new Mul­ti­me­dia Cock­pit — now with a pair of free-float­ing, ex­tremely high-res­o­lu­tion dis­plays — is ground­break­ing in terms of tra­di­tional truck cock­pit de­sign. Func­tions are con­trolled us­ing touch pads in­te­grated in the re­designed steer­ing wheel. The sec­ondary dis­play is a touch­screen and has a three­level ap­proach that in­creases in­for­ma­tion den­sity as you flipup from the home screen.

An as­sort­ment of ap­pli­ca­tions such as nav­i­ga­tion is now in­cluded along with Fleet­board func­tion­al­ity as a sec­ondary dis­play. In­te­gra­tion of ex­ter­nal apps, for ex­am­ple from body man­u­fac­tur­ers, is also pos­si­ble.

Of­fered as stan­dard fit­ment, the Mul­ti­me­dia Cock­pit of the new Ac­tros is a 10-inch pri­mary dis­play while an “in­ter­ac­tive” Mul­ti­me­dia Cock­pit vari­ant with a larger 12-inch screen, but with a broader scope of func­tions, is op­tion­ally fit­ted. The high-end op­tion is said to in­te­grate func­tions of the as­sis­tance sys­tems, such as Pre­dic­tive Pow­er­train Con­trol and Ac­tive Drive As­sist.

The in­te­rior is now rounded off by new light­ing con­cepts. Two read­ing spot­lights in warm white il­lu­mi­nate the cab while a dis­creet blue night-light fa­cil­i­tates ori­en­ta­tion at night.

The fo­cus is no longer pri­mar­ily on the ex­te­rior. The in­ter­ac­tion between driver and truck is now more the fo­cal point.

The cabin fea­tures hi-tech dual screen dis­plays in a driver-fo­cused lay­out. Rear view probes feed rear­ward im­agery into the cabin via dig­i­tal screens.

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