Just in time for the IAA Commercial Vehicles Show, which is taking place in Hanover, Germany, from 20 to 27 September 2018, Mercedes-Benz Trucks is unveiling the brand’s new flagship to the world’s press at the Premiere Night. Mercedes-Benz is showcasing a truck which immediately attracts everybody’s attention due to its new, characteristic light signature along the top of the headlamps and its futuristic-looking MirrorCam.
The new Actros is a truck featuring pioneering innovations in series production which immediately pay off. The vehicle increases efficiency for business owners and comfort for drivers to a previously unattained level: fuel consumption has fallen noticeably while safety and vehicle availability have been increased further.
The new Active Drive Assist.
The new Actros has been considerably improved with regard to safety and comfort and underlines its pioneering position in that respect. The most important and spectacular new feature is the new Active Drive Assist. Unlike systems which only work within a certain speed range, Active Drive Assist gives the driver access to semi-automated driving at all speeds for the first time in a series production truck. New features include active lateral control and the combination of longitudinal and lateral control at all speed ranges by combining radar and camera information.
Proven technology – now even better.
Active Drive Assist builds on the proven Proximity Control Assist system with stop-and-go function, as well as on the Lane Keeping Assist. Active Drive Assist brakes the truck if it gets too close to a vehicle driving in front and accelerates again until a set speed is reached. It also actively keeps the vehicle in lane. If the vehicle is leaving its lane unintentionally, Active Drive Assist intervenes and independently steers the vehicle back into its lane. The distance from the vehicle in front and the vehicle’s position in its lane can be adjusted in multiple stages using the driving assistance menu.
Innovative and perfectly aligned.
When steering independently in lane, Active Drive Assist uses the also new Servotwin steering system which is electrohydraulically assisted. In situations where the vehicle is not being driven semi-automated, Servotwin supplements the steering torque applied by the driver with additional steering torque and thereby improves the driving comfort. Among other scenarios, this helps considerably when manoeuvring in tight spaces.
All assistance systems on the new Actros work hand in hand and assist each other. For example, Active Drive Assist always takes the parameters of the improved Predictive Powertrain Control system into consideration to ensure an efficient driving style. Beyond that, when detecting traffic in front, Active Drive Assist uses the same enhanced radar and camera technology as new Active Brake Assist 5.
Up to five percent less fuel consumption.
Compared to its predecessor, the new Actros consumes up to three percent less fuel on motorways and expressways. With mileage in long-distance haulage typically exceeding 120,000 kilometres per year, this again represents a significant cost reduction for the operator. When travelling on rural routes, the savings can be up to five percent, as here the effect of the improved Predictive Powertrain Control system is even more significant than before.
“Leading in Efficiency”.
To further reduce fuel consumption there is a new standard ratio for the weight-optimised rear axle. The gear ratio has been reduced from i = 2.533 previously to i = 2.412. Thanks to the weight-optimised G211 transmission, the new gear ratio is now available for all new Actros models equipped with the second-generation, six-cylinder OM 471 in-line engine and 315/70 R 22.5 tyres, paying off both on motorways and when travelling on rural routes alike.
Until now, cameras replacing the outside mirrors have typically only been seen on concept vehicles. Mercedes-Benz Trucks is now systematically leveraging the advantages of this technology and is bringing with the new Actros a truck to market which is the first series production truck in the world to have MirrorCam on-board.
Replacing the conventional main mirrors and wide-angle mirrors, this system works entirely with digital cameras and displays. The MirrorCam provides a considerably improved all-round view and its performance significantly exceeds legal requirements. In addition to increased safety, the omission of mirrors reduces fuel consumption, as the compact digital cameras bring considerable aerodynamic advantages.
The new Active Brake Assist 5.
New Active Brake Assist 5 is an enhancement of Active Brake Assist 4. This safety assistance system is unique in terms of its functionality and no other manufacturer provides a system alike. With the improved fifth generation of Active Brake Assist, Mercedes-Benz is also underlining its leading position when it comes to the safety of heavy-duty trucks – a role that is continually reaffirmed by market demand. Since Active Brake Assist 1 was introduced in 2006, Mercedes-Benz Trucks has sold nearly 230,000 trucks with the emergency braking system on-board.
Good vehicle lighting is particularly important in poor light conditions. Here, the Actros models come with innovations which enhance safety and make the driver’s day-to-day life behind the wheel easier, too. The new, curved light signature at the top edge of the strip of headlamps makes the new Actros distinctive at night. By day the new LED daytime running lights fitted as standard equipment make the Actros easily identifiable. The new Intelligent Light system represents another major step forwards in terms of safety. Besides the LED daytime running lights, it also includes automatic switching between dipped beam and main beam, as well as an automatic cornering light and front fog lamps.
The new Multimedia Cockpit
Anyone getting on board the new Actros will immediately notice the new Multimedia Cockpit. Two colour displays are at the heart of this completely newly developed interface between driver and vehicle, each with a diagonal screen size of 10 inches, as part of the new Actros models’ standard equipment.
In place of the conventional instrument cluster with its speedometer, rev counter and fuel gauge, the Multimedia Cockpit has a primary, colour display installed behind the steering wheel featuring high-resolution, flat-screen technology. This screen provides the driver with all basic information relevant to driving and much more, such as Active Drive Assist displays. The central area of the display can be configured to suit individual requirements.