AI-powered Mercedes-Benz Actros truck ahead of its game

Published: Monday, February 27, 2017

This truck has safety features designed for extreme weather conditions

and difficult situations like a near collision with another vehicle, an animal,
a human or any object on the road that could be avoided.

Germany’s Mercedes-Benz is known for many breakthroughs. It was the world’s first car invented in 1886 by Carl Benz, setting the pace for the global multibillion motoring industry.

It was the first to introduce the multivalve engine in 1910 and the crash-testing program in 1958. The first to use the airbag for passenger safety and the list goes on.

It is also credited for introducing the anti-lock braking system (ABS) in 1978 which helps the driver retain steering control under heavy braking by preventing wheel lockup, an automotive safety milestone that served as the fundamental element of countless future breakthroughs.

Setting the pace

This year, the Mercedes-Benz Trucks MENA launched the special edition Actros truck to mark its flagship heavy-duty truck model’s 20th anniversary.

The company has sold more than 100,000 trucks in the region over the past two decades and some have already traveled multimillion miles yet are still in good running condition.

The special edition Actros truck has state-of-the-art artificial intelligence (AI) safety features designed for extreme weather conditions and difficult situations like a near collision with another vehicle, an animal, a human or any object on the road that could be avoided.
The Active Brake Assist system operates with three radar beams, which constantly scan an area of 1 to 200 meters ahead of the truck. Radar detection of a collision with a moving obstacle would result in the driver being given a visual and audio alert by the system.

Depending on the severity of the situation, the system will react with a partial braking maneuver & if necessary, even initiates an emergency braking to standstill.

Thus, the Active Brake Assist helps to avoid dangerous rear-end collisions, for instance at the end of a traffic jam, and minimizes the impact for occupants in case a collision is inevitable.

“The launch of the 20 Years Actros Edition is yet another milestone in the success story of our iconic flagship truck in the MENA region. The model’s state-of-the-art safety features and the highly fuel-efficient drive train underline the technological leadership of Mercedes-Benz Trucks. The Actros provides the ideal product solution for customers seeking the highest safety and efficiency standards,” said Roland Schneider, President & CEO of Daimler Commercial Vehicles MENA.


Accident prevention is also assisted by the Bluetooth radio enabling hands free use of a mobile phone whilst driving.
The truck’s Fleet Board telematics system provides not only vehicle tracking, trip recording and professi-onal fleet management, but also continuous analysis and rating of driver and vehicle performance, enhancing the operational excellence of the truck.

Further specifications include the powerful engine & transmission cooling system, air intake on the upper side of the cab & a tandem air cleaner that provide outstanding robustness and reliability even under the MENA region’s extreme climate conditions.

The Actros 20 Years Edition also features a performance optimized hydraulic retarder, an additional braking system ensuring highest levels of braking performance with no wear of brakes and brake linings.

It also features further safety systems, such as a Driver Airbag, a Telligent Proximity Control and Telligent Lane Assistant. Telligent Proximity Control automatically adjusts the speed of the truck according to the traffic situation, constantly analyzing the distance of vehicles driving in front of it.

Additionally, if a sudden obstacle appears, such as a vehicle changing lanes, the driver is warned both visually and audibly.
With Emirates Motor Company (EMC), the company’s authorized distributor in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, the special edition truck was unveiled at Endurance City on January 18, 2017 with a live demonstration of the Actros 3844 S 6×4 tractor-head model and of its state-of-the-art equipment and innovative safety systems by professional Mercedes-Benz driver trainers from Germany and the Training and Product Management team of Daimler Commercial Vehicles MENA.

Powered by a highly fuel-efficient 6-cylinder engine (Euro 3) boosting 435 horsepower and 2,100 NM of torque, the heavy-duty truck delivers great performance thanks to the power transfer to the two driven rear axles via a twin-plate clutch and the reliable and efficient 16-speed Mercedes PowerShift automated gearbox.

Mercedes Power Shift provides specific driving modes that support the driver in mastering all traffic situations with ease and convenience, thus, facilitating the driver’s level of concentration.

The company’s innovations continue, leading its trucks on top of their game.