Greater safety
The new Actros

Greater safety

Arrive safely – with the support of innovative assistance systems.

Arrive safely – with the support of innovative assistance systems to improve driving safety which actively relieve the strain on the driver and treat the vehicle and the load with sufficient care, thereby contributing to higher efficiency. On every journey.

Trucks that are very safe are not just an important development for all road users. They are also more efficient, because they are less often put out of action by accidents and they relieve the driver's workload. This is why we have been focusing for over 45 years now on developing innovative assistance systems.

Advantages at a glance.

  • Comprehensive scope of standard equipment, including Active Brake Assist, Stability Control Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, Attention Assist and follow-me-home lighting
  • Active Drive Assist for enhanced driving comfort and high efficiency
  • Proximity Control Assist1 with stop-and-go function, Active Brake Assist 52, Cornering Assist, Sideguard Assist6, electronic parking brake with HOLD function, Trailer Stability Assist
  • MirrorCam4 for enhanced visibility and added safety during manoeuvring, turning off and lane changing
  • High/low beam and cornering light5: enhanced safety with automatic high, low beam and cornering light, LED daytime running lamps5, LED tail lamps
  • Bi-xenon headlamps, cornering light, front fog lamp
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The equipment underlines the high-quality, attractive design of the cab: The upper cover of the MirrorCam's camera arm has a chrome look, the mirror base cover is painted in the colour of the cab.

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Instead of using conventional mirrors, the new Actros can come equipped the innovative, aerodynamically designed MirrorCam. Besides cutting fuel consumption by up to 1.3%, it provides an ideal view rearward and around the area of the A pillar. In addition, the MirrorCam improves safety, for example by automatically panning the camera image when manoeuvring, turning corners or changing lanes.

The camera system comprises two high-resolution fold-up cameras that are mounted on the upper roof frame. The camera images are sent to two 15.2" (38.6 cm) colour screens near the A pillar. To aid the driver in assessing the traffic behind him/her, the respective screen shows tracking and distance indicator lines as soon as he/she switches on the indicator at a speed greater than 30 kilometres per hour. Warnings alerting the driver to excessively tight turning angles add yet more assistance during manoeuvring.

The new assistance system aids the driver in recognising certain traffic signs in real-time, displays up to two of them in the instrument cluster simultaneously and thus makes for greater safety and driving comfort. What's more, it warns the driver both visually and audibly – for example in the case of exceeding speed limits.

Besides speed limits, overtaking restrictions and their lifting, Traffic Sign Assist also detects warning signs and restricted access signs applicable to trucks.

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The new assistance system recognises certain traffic signs in real time and displays the two most important signs in the instrument cluster for enhanced safety and driving comfort. It also provides the driver with visual and audible warnings – when entering a one-way street in the wrong direction, for example.

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The new driving assistance system improves driving comfort and relieves the driver, improves driving safety and reduces the risk of rear-end collisions. It does so by innovatively combining the functions of separate systems, making it possible to use partially automated driving even today.

Active Drive Assist advances Proximity Control Assist with stop-and-go function by adding autonomous braking and acceleration, allowing it to maintain the set distance to the vehicle ahead. Besides using Predictive Powertrain Control and Predictive Powertrain Control interurban, the system also utilises the Active Brake Assist 5 advanced radar and camera technology and Proximity Control Assist. Lane Keeping Assist and the electrically assisted Servotwin steering handle active lateral guidance of the truck.

The fifth generation of the system assists the driver in that, under ideal conditions and within the system's capabilities, it can perform emergency braking when approaching stationary and moving objects, and perform partial or full braking for moving pedestrians, thus mitigating or even preventing accidents entirely.

Find out more about the Active Brake Assist:

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Active Brake Assist 5. The latest-generation Active Brake Assist is even more effective in helping to prevent accidents.

This optionally available system can assist the driver during cornering or lane changing by detecting moving and stationary objects in the warning zone on the right or in the tracking pattern in certain situations7,8 and providing visual and audible warnings for the driver.

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This assistance system with stop-and-go function is on hand to support the driver in certain situations and can reduce the risk of rear-end collisions.

If the vehicle approaches a detected vehicle driving in front, the cruise control automatically restricts the speed and maintains the pre-set distance within the system limits. If vehicles appear in front suddenly, the system can intervene with predefined decelerations. Stop-and-go-function automatically controls driving off and braking in traffic jams. Up to a speed of 50 kilometres an hour the Proximity Control Assist can detect stationary vehicles and react to stationary vehicles in front of a traffic light, for example. If necessary, the driver's own vehicle can be brought to a stop.

[1] Optional extra, only in conjunction with Active Brake Assist 5.
[2] Optional equipment, only in conjunction with Proximity Control Assist.
[3] Option, standard in conjunction with Multimedia Cockpit, interactive. 
[4] Not for ADR vehicles.
[5] Not in conjunction with 320 mm engine tunnel and not in conjunction with straight front axle.
[6] For LHD only. 
[7] Within the system's limits.
[8] Under optimal conditions.

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