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STANDEES’ SAFETY dur­ing any emer­gency bus sit­u­a­tion is at the fore­front of the think­ing be­hind Daim­ler’s new op­tional Pre­ven­ta­tive Brake As­sist fea­ture for all Euro Ci­taro and Conecto Mercedes-Benz city buses, the com­pany an­nounced re­cently.

Pre­ven­ta­tive Brake As­sist clev­erly ap­plies a warn­ing sys­tem and only par­tial brak­ing au­to­mat­i­cally in the event a ve­hi­cle needs to rapidly re­duce speed be­fore com­ing to a halt – the lat­ter still at the di­rec­tive of the driver.

In do­ing so, the im­pact of the ki­netic en­ergy and mo­men­tum on pas­sen­gers stand­ing on packed buses is less­ened, no doubt re­duc­ing the chance of them be­ing ‘thrown around’ and in­cur­ring un­fore­seen in­jury.

The over­all prod­uct safety roll-out will see the new Ac­tive Brake As­sist 4 - 10 years in de­vel­op­ment and now also au­to­mat­i­cally ini­ti­at­ing a brak­ing ma­noeu­vre for pedes­tri­ans in the form of par­tial brak­ing - as stan­dard from 2019 on all tour­ing coaches from Mercedes-Benz and Se­tra, with the new Pre­ven­tive Brake As­sist now op­tional for city buses. Ad­di­tion­ally, on both buses and coaches, Side­guard As­sist – the first turn­ing as­sis­tance sys­tem for city buses and tour­ing coaches, it’s claimed – is op­tional.

Ac­cord­ing to Daim­ler, “pre­vent­ing ac­ci­dents and pro­tect­ing more vul­ner­a­ble road users

… is the ut­most pri­or­ity in the safety con­cept of the pre­mium bus and coach brands Mercedes-Benz and Se­tra.”


Ac­tive Brake As­sist was the first emer­gency brak­ing as­sis­tance sys­tem for buses and coaches when it was in­tro­duced 10 years ago as an op­tion, and in its fourth gen­er­a­tion is now be­ing trans­ferred to all tour­ing coaches from Mercedes-Benz and Se­tra, says Daim­ler.

Ac­tive Brake As­sist was en­hanced with each gen­er­a­tion. Whilst it at first ini­ti­ated emer­gency brak­ing only for mov­ing ve­hi­cles ahead, Ac­tive Brake As­sist 3 ini­ti­ated automatic emer­gency brak­ing for sta­tion­ary ob­sta­cles in ad­di­tion, and was ca­pa­ble of ac­tively pre­vent­ing even more ac­ci­dents, it’s stated. Ac­tive Brake As­sist was one of the main trig­gers for the manda­tory in­tro­duc­tion of au­to­mated emer­gency brak­ing sys­tems in tour­ing coaches from au­tumn 2015 in the EU, it says.

The new Ac­tive Brake As­sist 4 is the first emer­gency brak­ing as­sis­tant for buses and coaches to au­to­mat­i­cally ini­ti­ate a brak­ing ma­noeu­vre for pedes­tri­ans, too. As ex­plained by the com­pany, “in this case all op­tions are open to the driver: warn the pedes­trian us­ing the horn, evade them with the bus or carry out an emer­gency stop. The ba­sis for ABA 4 is the multi-mode radar sys­tem with a com­bi­na­tion of long-range and short-range radar.”

Till Ober­wörder, head of Daim­ler Buses, said: “By tak­ing this step, we are mak­ing our al­ready safe buses and coaches even safer. We are cer­tain that Ac­tive Brake As­sist 4 will not only pre­vent ac­ci­dents, it will save lives.”

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