Mercedes-Benz has unveiled its advanced new Actros model featuring cameras instead of mirrors.
The vehicle was shown to local public for the first time at the Brisbane Truck Show and is expected to hit Australian and New Zealand roads by 2020.
The company has begun it’s validation programme for the truck featuring a range of driver-focussed improvements including the MirrorCam system that uses aerodynamic cameras connected to two large screens in the cabin.
The new Mercedes-Benz model also features a new multimedia interface system with two high-resolution tablet-style screens.
The new truck also features GPS-assisted predictive powertrain control for increased fuel efficiency, enhanced connectivity and the latest generation of safety technology.
Mercedes-Benz Truck and Bus Australia Pacific director Michael May says the company is focused on leading the local heavy duty truck market.
“The current Mercedes-Benz truck continues to win over new customers with its remarkable efficiency, reliability and comfort, but we will always look for ways we can further improve the experience of our partners with tried and tested innovation,” he says.
“This evolution is all about making life easier for drivers, while continuing to help push down the cost of operating a transport business in Australia.”
May says the new truck has been tested extensively in Europe, but Mercedes-Benz was determined to evaluate it locally.
“In the first stage of the validation programme, we will put more than half a dozen evaluation units to work across Australia.
“We are committed to working with our customers to determine the ideal model specification four our tough and unique conditions.”
MirrorCam can help deliver a fuel efficiency saving, thanks to the reduced drag of the small camera pods that replace the regular mirrors.
The increased range of vision that can be displayed on the two screens in the cabin, and the lack of a physical mirror blocking some of the view, is also set to deliver a big improvement for drivers and safety.
The reduced size of the camera wing, compared to a wing mirror is also likely to reduce the chance of damage. Mercedes-Benz says the cost of replacing the camera assembly could even be less than replacing a traditional mirror assembly if it is damaged.
Mercedes-Benz has also improved driver operation of a range of systems with new touch control buttons added to the steering wheel. This allows drivers to change what information is displayed on the two large screens.
Visitors to the stand were also informed about the benefits of Mercedes-Benz RoadEfficiency service.
“RoadEfficiency represents our commitment to deliver a complete package of services and innovations that lower the total cost of operation, save time and boost safety for our business partners in this tough operating environment,” May says.
“Mercedes-Benz is able to achieve this thanks to increased connectivity, advanced safety systems, flexible finance options and maintenance programs,” he says.
Written by Nigel Moffiet. As seen on transporttalk.co.nz on May 23 2019.