The Actros L: Mercedes-Benz Trucks sets new standards in the premium segment of long-haul trucks
Whether in terms of efficiency, safety or comfort, since 1996 the Mercedes-Benz Actros has set a high standard for trucks in the long-distance transport and heavy-duty distribution sectors. The latest generation of Actros, from 2018, continuously sets new standards with a host of innovations in the areas of digitization, networking and security. Innovations such as the Multimedia Cockpit, MirrorCam, partially automated driving functions and improved safety systems ensure that the Actros responds admirably to the growing demands of the road transport sector while supporting the driver in the long term in the accomplishment of his duties. tasks. Following the launch in 2021 of the limited edition Actros Edition 2, Mercedes-Benz Trucks is now presenting the Actros L, the largest and most luxurious of this successful model series. The heavy truck with conventional diesel powertrain can be ordered across Europe from July 1, 2021 and will go into production in November 2021.
“During the development of the Actros L, we have placed great emphasis on driver comfort, safety, connectivity and total cost of ownership in order to create additional benefits in these aspects for our customers and their drivers”, said Andreas von Wallfeld, Head of Marketing, Sales and Services at Mercedes-Benz Trucks. Through close dialogue with customers, they clearly know what they expect from a high-end truck for their business and their drivers. “It is precisely these requirements that we have met with the Actros L”, emphasizes von Wallfeld.
Exceptional roominess and quality equipment for better driving comfort
It starts with the driver’s cab, which on the StreamSpace, BigSpace and GigaSpace variants is 2.5 meters wide and offers an exceptionally spacious interior. The lack of an engine tunnel means the cabin has a flat floor, creating a truly comfortable ambience. The improved sound insulation of the cabin has allowed the driver to have a quieter environment, which helps him relax, especially during breaks.
The seating position has been lowered by 40mm for a more relaxed ride and a comfortable view of the road. On a related note, the optional newly designed LED main headlights have a higher light intensity than xenon headlights and provide excellent road illumination – a huge safety benefit, especially when it’s dark. And there is also an advantage in terms of cost efficiency: Compared to conventional bulbs, LED headlamps are more energy efficient and have a longer lifespan.
Various equipment details are aimed at improving operator comfort and convenience, including stylish seat covers, new door trim, a comfortable mattress with a 45mm thick mattress topper and a pleasantly tactile cabin rear panel in the interior. the bed area. The feeling of well-being can be further enhanced with the extensive Interior Line accessories from Mercedes-Benz Trucks. Von Wallfeld firmly believes: “For transport companies the Actros L is a real asset, especially in view of the acute shortage of drivers.
Excellent safety features
With the Actros L, too, Mercedes-Benz Trucks consistently pursues its goal of helping to make road traffic as safe as possible by using active safety assistance systems, and thus takes a further step towards achieving his vision of accident-free driving. . This is demonstrated not only by Lane Keeping Assist, Proximity Control Assist and MirrorCam, which replace the main and wide-angle mirrors, but also by a host of other safety features.
Another equipment option for the Actros L is the second generation Active Drive Assist (ADA 2), which is available for 4 × 2 and 6 × 2 tractors with trailed axles, but not – currently – with those with medium lift. Under certain conditions, the system actively assists the driver in the longitudinal and lateral guidance of the truck and can automatically maintain the distance to the vehicle in front, accelerate and also steer if the necessary system conditions such as a sufficient curve radius or clearly visible road markings are met. In addition, ADA 2 includes the Emergency Stop Assistance sub-function which is capable of triggering an emergency stop if, despite visual and audible warnings, the driver no longer controls the steering wheel. If the truck comes to a stop, the system can automatically engage the new electronic parking brake. In addition, the doors are unlocked so paramedics and other first responders can directly reach the driver in the event of a medical emergency.
The Actros L is also fitted as standard with Active Brake Assist 5 (ABA 5), which has a pedestrian recognition function. This system can help prevent accidents where, due to driver distraction, too short the following distance, or improper speed, the truck may strike a vehicle in front or a stationary vehicle, or there is a risk of a head-on collision with a pedestrian. ABA 5 operates using a combined radar and camera system. If the system detects a risk of accident with a vehicle driving in front, an obstacle at a standstill or a person (crossing the path of the vehicle, approaching the vehicle, walking in the same lane as the vehicle or suddenly stopping for fear) , the system initially issues a visual and audible warning to the driver. If the driver does not react appropriately, the system can then initiate partial braking as a second step. If the threat of a collision persists, the ABA 5 can perform automated maximum stop braking at speeds up to 50 km / h when responding to moving people.
In addition, the Actros L is equipped with Sideguard Assist, which assists the driver during left turns and lane changes in busy environments where visibility may be limited. Within the limits of the system, it is designed to reduce the possibility of accidents involving vulnerable road users. Two short-range radar sensors mounted on the passenger side of the vehicle monitor up to the width of a lane and provide optical and acoustic warnings that alert the driver to the presence of cyclists, pedestrians or other vehicles.
With all assistance systems, Mercedes-Benz Trucks aims to help the driver as much as possible within the limits of the system. However, as prescribed by law, the driver remains fully responsible for the safe operation of the vehicle at all times.
More efficiency thanks to tailor-made connectivity
In conjunction with these assistance systems, the intelligent Predictive Powertrain Control (PPC) cruise and transmission system is also impressive. The system can take topography, road alignment and traffic signs into account in certain situations. This means that unnecessary braking, acceleration and shifting can be avoided. With the help of the PPC, the latest generation of Actros consumes up to 3% less diesel on expressways and highways than vehicles not equipped with the system, while on rural roads it can even be up to ‘to 5% less. When it comes to fuel economy, the new Eco-Support display in the interactive multimedia cockpit helps the driver to adopt a driving style that is as economical as possible.
The operator sees the activities and functions of assistance systems such as ABA 5, ADA 2 or PPC in the standard user-friendly multimedia cockpit, with its two color screens forming the centerpiece of the human-machine interface (HMI). In the Actros L this also optionally includes displays of the total weight of the towing vehicle and trailer and the load on the front axle, even for tractors with only partial air suspension. This helps the driver to keep an eye on the weight and avoid overloading.
The Mercedes-Benz Truck Application Portal offers a multitude of proven and new applications with immense added value
If you decide to purchase the interactive multimedia cockpit as an upgrade to the standard version, you also have access to the Mercedes-Benz Truck App portal. This allows transport companies to exploit new connectivity opportunities and equip their vehicles with applications that improve efficiency and comfort, such as Fleetboard telematics services. Individually combinable services enable intelligent networking of drivers, fleets and trucks. All of them help optimize fuel consumption, reduce wear and increase vehicle use. The Fleetboard Performance Analysis app, for example, helps evaluate and optimize driving behavior, Fleetboard Time Management provides a detailed overview of driving hours and break times, while Fleetboard Mapping displays status and time. position of vehicles. And with Fleetboard Driver Card and Mass Memory Download it is possible to read, transmit and save all relevant data remotely.
Another novelty of the Mercedes-Benz Truck App portal is ContiConnect – an innovative tire pressure monitoring system solution developed in cooperation with Continental, allowing the operator to wirelessly connect his trailer to the truck, dramatically improving safety and the driver’s ability to monitor the trailer. tire pressures and temperatures. Other applications, offering benefits to the driver and the operator, are under development and versions are planned this year.
Mercedes-Benz Uptime is a digital safety screen also for the Actros L
The Truck Data Center is the centerpiece of Fleetboard and serves as the basis for other vehicle connectivity solutions. The connectivity module receives data from sensors, cameras and steering devices in the truck and analyzes it for a range of applications. The Truck Data Center is not only the basis for the many Fleetboard services, but also for Mercedes-Benz Uptime, the service for constantly increasing vehicle availability.
Mercedes-Benz Uptime combines intelligent vehicle networking with intensive customer support, providing Mercedes-Benz truck operators with an innovative service product. The goal is to help customers fulfill their transport orders reliably by ensuring that trucks spend as much time on the road as possible. Workshop appointments should be kept to a minimum and planned more efficiently. To reduce breakdowns, all necessary repairs are identified as early as possible and customers are assisted in organizing the necessary work as soon as possible – at all times with due regard to their operational planning requirements. The results: better planning of workshop visits, greater vehicle availability and increased road safety.
Individually configurable service packages as well as tailor-made leasing and financing solutions complete the range of services of the Actros L and guarantee greater planning security in these areas.