NEW DELHI: German automotive manufacturer Daimler AG is going to launch new safety technologies for deployment in its commercial vehicles.
At a recently held event, in Berlin, the company announced that new safety and assistance systems such as the blind spot monitoring or the Mirror Cam will be placed in all trucks, buses and vans.
“The vision of accident-free driving is our driving force. We are therefore continuously developing new safety systems and launching them on the market. How fast we can apply them depends significantly on how quickly the required legal framework can be created. This means that we need support from the political sphere. As a pioneer of safety technologies, we will take an active part in this social dialogue,” said Dr Wolfgang Bernhard, Member of the Daimler Board of Management for Trucks and Buses.
Daimler covers a broad spectrum ranging from Crosswind Assist for vans to the new ATC anti-jackknife protection system for articulated buses and the new blind spot monitoring system assist feature for trucks.
“We have set new benchmarks time and again in the field of active safety. We are the industry’s pioneer and pacemaker. And we have plenty of ideas on how to make goods transport by road even safer,” stated Dr Bernhard.
One new feature that Daimler is currently working on is the Mirror Cam. Monitors in the cab on the right- and left-hand sides, in conjunction with exterior cameras, significantly improve visibility for the driver and reduce the risk of accidents.
“When we combine all of a truck’s sensor systems for longitudinal and lateral dynamics, we further increase the safety of our vehicles significantly – autonomous driving will then become possible,” stated Dr Bernhard. Trucks are predestined for that development. Cars drive an average of just under 12,000 kilometers each year, but long-distance trucks cover 130,000 kilometers, often on monotonous routes.”
Dr Bernhard further added “Politicians must make it possible for us to put autonomous trucks on the road soon. The advantages in terms of more safety and efficiency in goods transport are obvious. The very first cars and trucks appeared in Germany over a hundred years ago, and this is where the cars and trucks of the next generation must also be on the road first.
Norbert Barthle, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, explained: “We want to make full use of the potential of automated driving. We expect this technology to improve traffic flows and increase traffic efficiency – with enormous benefits for drivers.”