Approximately two years ago, Mercedes-Benz Trucks launched the fourth generation Actros with resounding market success and late last week they fulfilled their promise to expediently introduce the latest technology on the range without further delay.
In comparison to its predecessor, customers can expect up to 5% percent lower fuel consumption on the advanced Actros range, of which the biggest contributor is the Predictive Powertrain Control (PPC).
With this feature Mercedes-Benz Trucks is advancing trucking into a new dimension of fuel-saving driving. Depending on the traffic situation ahead, PPC can realize significant fuel savings. In addition to a satellite-based positioning system, PPC uses accurate digital road maps that contain data on topography, which means the truck knows the road and route profile ahead.
This allows the new Actros to employ an anticipatory driving style, saving as much fuel as possible and ensuring optimal driver support.
PPC requires precise 3D Map data for effective deployment of functionality and it is in this breath that Daimler Trucks made a notable investment to ensure all primary routes and most of the secondary routes in South Africa are mapped prior to the launch of this truck.
In addition, four other core features stand out on the Actros as follows:
- The MirrorCam for the first time in a mass-produced truck, the MirrorCam replaces the conventional main and wide-angle mirror with a camera system. The MirrorCam improves safety and maneuverability.
- Multimedia Cockpit Revolutionises the Human Machine Interface (HMI) – immediately eye-catching inside the cab is the new Multimedia Cockpit. The neatly arranged and clear display informs the driver about all essential driving and operating states, as well as the actions performed by Active Brake Assist 5, Predictive Powertrain Control and other driver assistance systems
- Active Brake Assist 5 The new Active Brake Assist 5 affords greater safety for pedestrians. Active Brake Assist 5 is now capable of carrying out emergency braking when encountering pedestrians crossing its path, approaching from the front or walking across. If Active Brake Assist 5 detects a risk of collision with a vehicle travelling ahead, a stationary obstacle or a moving pedestrian, the driver is alerted of the danger by a three stage escalating warning system.
- Mercedes-Benz Uptime Reliability is essential for any fleet owner or manager. With the aim of greater vehicle availability, Mercedes-Benz Uptime offers an innovative service product for customers of Mercedes-Benz Trucks through intelligent vehicle networking in real time and through intensive customer care.
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