Introducing the MirrorCam, new technology in trucks that can save lives, especially in the urban environment. With this new initiative introduced in the new Mercedes-Benz Actros heavy duty truck range drivers can feel more confident when passing vulnerable commuters such as pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.
In the new Actros – to be launched in Ireland later this year – the traditional side-mounted, wing mirror has become a thing of the past, replaced by MirrorCam, innovation that uses two cameras mounted on the A-pillars of the cab’s interior that project the view along both sides of the vehicle on to two screens fixed on the dashboard within easy and constant sight of the driver.
Working in tandem with another new system to improve all-around visibility, the cameras are said to offer better protection for pedestrian and cyclists by minimising the probability of dangerous accidents on the co-driver side during cornering or when changing lanes.
According to Mercedes-Benz Commercial Vehicle design engineers, the new camera operated system brings ‘enormous improvements’ in safety, vehicle handling and aerodynamics whilst offering better protection to pedestrian and cyclists minimising the possibility of dangerous accidents. Special distance lines are said to help drivers to better estimate following traffic and in manoeuvring, cornering or changing lanes.