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Mercedes-Benz puts pedestrian safety first

Mercedes-Benz has introduced a truck safety system that automatically initiates braking for pedestrians on Australian Actros models.

The Active Brake Assist 4 was introduced in Europe late last year, and is now available for on-highway Mercedes-Benz Actros prime movers as well as the new Mercedes-Benz rigid models above 18-tonnes.

“We take safety very seriously at Mercedes-Benz and we are pleased to be able to offer this feature to our Australian customers,” said Mercedes-Benz Truck and Bus Director, Michael May.

“Along with the proven efficiency, comfort and reliability of the new model, the safety features of Mercedes-Benz trucks give us a clear competitive advantage."   

It is the first system of its type in the world, the new feature warns the driver of imminent collisions with moving pedestrians and simultaneously automatically initiates partial braking, which enables the driver to avoid a collision by means of emergency braking or a steering manoeuvre.

The automated alerts and braking initiated by pedestrian detection are active up to a speed of 50 km/h, and is also used in the current passenger cars from Mercedes-Benz.

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