Mercedes-Benz Actros Gets Upgraded Safety
Now, Active Brake Assist 2 is also activated if a stationary obstacle is detected, for instance a suddenly encountered traffic tailback on the motorway.
According to Mercedes-Benz, the radar used by the Active Brake Assist 2 system scans an area of 1-200 m in the lane ahead of the truck, determining the distance to a vehicle in front or a stationary obstacle as well as the difference in speed between the two vehicles.
If, based on the current driving style, an accident is unavoidable, the driver initially receives visual warnings in the form of a red triangle which lights up and an audible alarm. If the situation gets any worse, the system responds by applying the
“Active Brake Assist 2 offers decisive advantages over other systems currently under development. The tried-and-tested radar technology operates robustly under all weather and light conditions, for instance. What's more, Active Brake Assist is effective across a truck's entire speed range – from 0 km/h or slow driving at brisk walking pace to motorway speeds of up to 89 km/h (when the speed limiter is activated),” a company statement reads.
However, Mercedes warns that though Active Brake Assist 2 cannot always prevent accidents, the automatic application of the brakes does reduce the collision speed and the consequences of accidents as well.
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Did you know the Actros Black-/White Liner is already equipped with this innovative technology?
Here?s a video showing the Mercedes-Benz Actros Black-/White Liner. Pretty impressive!