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GER­MANY: Daim­ler’s new Setra S 531 DT dou­ble-decker bus has been un­leashed upon Euro­pean me­dia, who are lap­ping up a range of new fea­tures and el­e­gant styling cues.

Po­si­tioned and mar­keted as a state­ment of “max­i­mum ef­fi­ciency, vari­abil­ity, com­fort and safety”, it’s all wrapped up in an ex­cit­ing de­sign, with the S 531 DT of the TopClass 500 ilk said to ‘set new stan­dards in its class’.

Daim­ler says its “su­perla­tive aero­dy­nam­ics” will ‘en­able this im­pres­sive tour­ing coach to es­tab­lish new fuel ef­fi­ciency records in its seg­ment’.

Given the claimed flex­i­bil­ity of the lower deck, it cov­ers the en­tire scope of ap­pli­ca­tions in tour­ing and line ser­vice, the com­pany says. The in­te­rior boasts an im­pres­sive stan­dard of com­fort, from what we can tell – as would be ex­pected of the mar­que.

Yet per­haps most strik­ing is the use of Ac­tive Brake As­sist 4 and Side­guard As­sist, mark­ing the world pre­miere for these as­sis­tance sys­tems in the bus and coach seg­ment, ac­cord­ing to Daim­ler.

These sys­tems, “fur­ther en­hance the al­ready high stan­dard of safety. All of this is cloaked in a fas­ci­nat­ing de­sign with its own, dis­tinct stamp,” the com­pany states.

A CLOSER LOOK

Ac­tive Brake As­sist 4, Side­guard As­sist in a bus for the first time? You betcha!

Daim­ler says thanks to group tech­nol­ogy, the pre­mium brand’s new dou­ble-decker comes stan­dard with long-life LED head­lamps, which are “easy on the eyes”.

The Ac­tive Brake As­sist 4 (ABA 4) is be­ing in­tro­duced in the bus and coach sec­tor for the first time ever on board the S 531 DT. In ad­di­tion to the pre­vi­ously avail­able func­tions – max­i­mum full-stop brak­ing in re­sponse to sta­tion­ary ob­jects and ob­sta­cles mov­ing ahead of the ve­hi­cle – it now also in­cor­po­rates pedes­trian de­tec­tion with au­to­matic brak­ing re­sponse.

In ad­di­tion, an­other world pre­miere in the bus and coach seg­ment is the use of Side­guard As­sist for the blind spot, the com­pany says. It em­ploys radar sen­sors to mon­i­tor the lane to the right of the bus along the ve­hi­cle’s en­tire length. When the driver turns off, the sys­tem warns of pedes­tri­ans, cy­clists, or sta­tion­ary ob­sta­cles in the turn­ing path.

Now that’s pretty cool.

Above: Ac­tive Brake As­sist 4, Side­guard As­sist in a bus for the first time? The new Setra S 531 DT dou­ble-deck has it.

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