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Mercedes-Benz launches Mirrorcam system in Brisbane

Aerodynamic cameras connected to two large screens in the cabin will feature as part of the new generation truck Mercedes-Benz will showcase at the upcoming Brisbane Truck Show.

The cameras replace traditional mirrors in what the commercial vehicle manufacturer calls Mirrorcam, for what is being heralded as a dramatic improvement in driver vision.

Although no date has been confirmed for the introduction of the Mirrorcam system on Australian roads, the truck, which comes equipped with a new multimedia interface system using two high-resolution tablet-style screens borrowed from high end Mercedes-Benz passenger cars, is expected on European roads later in the year.

GPS-assisted Predictive Powertrain Control comes as part of the package to enhance connectivity and promise increased efficiencies.

"The MirrorCam system can help deliver a fuel efficiency saving, thanks to the reduced drag of the small camera pods that replace the regular mirrors," Mercedes-Benz announced in a media statement.

An increased range of vision subsequent to this can be displayed on the screens in the cabin, with the lack of a physical mirror blocking some of the view, regarded as another plus for drivers.

"Mercedes-Benz has further improved driver control over a range of systems with new touch control buttons added to the steering wheel, which allow drivers to change what information is displayed on the two large screens," the company said.

As part of its focus, Mercedes-Benz will highlight its RoadEfficiency advantage at its truck show stand. 

According to the company, RoadEfficiency offers a complete package of services and innovations designed to lower the total cost of operation, as well as saving time and boosting safety.

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