NOT OUT OF SIGHT, NOT OUT OF MIND

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ABA 4 warns the driver and trig­gers brak­ing – all to avoid ac­ci­dents and pro­tect more vul­ner­a­ble road users, says Daim­ler. With pedes­trian recog­ni­tion, ABA 4 warns the driver vis­ually and au­di­bly of any po­ten­tial col­li­sion and also trig­gers par­tial brak­ing.

“This gives the driver ev­ery op­por­tu­nity to pre­vent a col­li­sion with a pedes­trian: the driver can warn the pedes­trian us­ing the horn, ini­ti­ate max­i­mum full-stop brak­ing or steer to avoid the col­li­sion.”

ABA 4 with pedes­trian recog­ni­tion is based on next- gen radar tech­nol­ogy, also fea­tur­ing in the lat­est Mercedes-Benz cars and trucks. The elec­tron­i­cally scan­ning multi-mode radar com­prises long and short range radar sys­tems.

The long-range radar reg­is­ters mul­ti­track ve­hi­cles and sta­tion­ary ob­sta­cles at a max­i­mum dis­tance of up to 250m in a di­rect line in front of the coach, with sin­gle-track ve­hi­cles such as bi­cy­cles at up to 160m, and pedes­tri­ans at up to 80m. The short-range radar, “has a max­i­mum range of 70m and is even able to recog­nise pedes­tri­ans and ve­hi­cles to the sides ahead of the coach.” The first brake as­sist de­buted in 2008. Ac­tive brake as­sist 3 was in­tro­duced in 2014.

Mercedes-Benz Trucks was the first man­u­fac­turer world­wide to get ABA 4 with pedes­trian de­tec­tion and side­guard as­sist for the Mercedes-Benz Ac­tros, it’s stated, fol­low­ing its un­veil­ing late Septem­ber 2016 at the IAA Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cles Show in Hanover, Ger­many.

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