Active Brake Assist 5 supports the driver by carrying out full brake application in response to stationary and moving objects in certain conditions. In addition to that, it is also able to perform partial or maximum full-stop braking in response to moving or halted pedestrians, thereby reducing the severity of accidents or helping to avoid accidents altogether.
Watch the Mercedes-Benz Trucks safety systems in action!
For the past 125 years, Mercedes-Benz Trucks has been developing advanced safety systems that work together to safeguard the road ahead. These invisible guardians often go unnoticed; operating behind the scenes to help keep the driver, their load, and other road users safe. Watch the video below.
From the Electronic Stability Program to Active Brake Assist 5, these active safety features are now safer and smarter than ever – resulting in a more supported, more efficient and more comfortable journey every time.
The latest generation of Mercedes-Benz Trucks also come with an impressive scope of safety features such as Proximity Control Assist, Electronic Stability Control and Active Drive Assist 2. These innovative assistance systems help monitor traffic situations, perform pre-emptive measures, and help reduce the risk of a collision. Trucks that are safer are also more efficient, as they help relieve the driver’s workload and limit unnecessary vehicle downtime.
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Active Brake Assist 5
Lane Keeping Assist
Lane Keeping Assist uses a built-in camera to monitor the position of the vehicle in its lane, and uses acoustic and visual warnings to alert the driver as soon as the vehicle leaves its lane unintentionally. The system becomes active automatically at a speed of 60 km/h or more; and can distinguish between continuous and broken lane markings.
Electronic Parking Brake with HOLD function
Electronic Parking Brake with HOLD function is automatically activated in certain pre-conditions, for example, when the engine is turned off or when the driver’s door is open while the truck is running. It can also be operated using the manual lever in the cockpit. The integrated HOLD function is activated when the driver presses on the brake pedal firmly and the vehicle comes to a standstill, and is released as soon as the accelerator is pressed again. This assists in avoiding the danger of the vehicle rolling back when taking off on an uphill gradient.
Active Drive Assist 2
Active Drive Assist 2 introduces partially autonomous driving by integrating the functions of separate systems, including advanced radar and camera technology from Active Brake Assist 5 and Proximity Control Assist. It has a stop-and-go function, brakes and accelerates autonomously, assists the driver in maintaining a safe distance, and automatically steers the vehicle back into its lane. This offers a higher level of driving comfort and increased safety, particularly during long journeys and when driving on congested roads.
Electronic Stability Control
Electronic Stability Control reduces the risk of skidding, jack-knifing, or overturning of the vehicle in critical situations, for example in the event of emergency braking, sudden evasive manoeuvres or excessive cornering speed. The system identifies situations such as understeering, oversteering, or vehicle tipping; and assists in controlling the vehicle with brakes and engine power adjustment.
Attention Assist analyses behavioural changes and detects declining attention levels. The system monitors several variables, such as lane keeping, steering behaviour, driver activities, length or journey and driving time. If Attention Assist observes declining attention levels or driver fatigue, the system will send an acoustic warning in the cab and display a message on the instrument cluster, recommending that the driver take a break.
Proximity Control Assist
Proximity Control Assist monitors the traffic situation using a front mounted radar and reacts to the changing driving situation using the integral cruise and braking speed control. It adapts the speed and proximity of the vehicle according to the distance set by the driver. It also features a stop-and-go function which slows down the truck automatically, to a standstill, in stop-and-go traffic.