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MirrorCam Merc arrives here

MirrorCam Merc arrives here

NZ Truck & Driver News

 November 2019   
MirrorCam has made it to New Zealand – Mercedes-Benz running a validation version of the high-tech new-generation Actros, which has cameras in place of rear-vision mirrors.

It has also announced that it plans to launch it on the market here in the second quarter of next year.

The cameras, mounted in streamlined, wing-like housings, send their pictures to two large screens mounted on the A-pillars in the cab – giving drivers "dramatically" improved rear vision, Mercedes-Benz says.

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MirrorCam has made it to New Zealand – Mercedes-Benz running a validation version of the high-tech new-generation Actros, which has cameras in place of rear-vision mirrors.
It has also announced that it plans to launch it on the market here in the second quarter of next year.
The cameras, mounted in streamlined, wing-like housings, send their pictures to two large screens mounted on the A-pillars in the cab – giving drivers "dramatically" improved rear vision, Mercedes-Benz says.
It also does away with the mirrors that block some of the view from the driver's seat.
And, the company adds, it "can help deliver a fuel efficiency saving, thanks to the reduced drag of the small camera pods that replace the regular mirrors."
The reduced size of the camera wings compared to standard mirrors is also likely to reduce the risk of damage. However, in the event one is damaged, Mercedes-Benz expects the cost of replacing the camera assembly will "be in line with, or less than, replacing a traditional mirror assembly."
Mercedes-Benz Truck and Bus Australia Pacific director Michael May says the make is "determined to continue its momentum in the NZ truck market. 
"Many NZ customers have embraced the current generation Actros thanks to its remarkable efficiency, reliability and comfort, which has been fantastic for us.
"But Mercedes-Benz will always look for new ways to improve the experience of our partners," he adds.
May points out that the new Actros brings a range of improvements – "features that make life easier for drivers and continue to push down the cost of operating a transport business." 
It has a new multimedia interface system, with two high-resolution, tablet-style screens that can be customised according to driver preference – much like the dash displays in prestige Mercedes-Benz cars. 
The latest model also has new push-button controls added to the steering wheel, allowing drivers to easily change what information is displayed on the two large screens.
And it features new GPS-assisted Predictive Powertrain Control for increased fuel efficiency, enhanced connectivity and the latest generation of advanced safety technology.
Mercedes-Benz says a comprehensive NZ validation programme with the new-generation model will begin soon, with selected customers able to evaluate the truck in their home areas, in both the North and South Islands.
Says May: "We're committed to working with our customers to determine the ideal model specification for the unique conditions of NZ."
The first Kiwi reveal of the system coincided with the news that MirrorCam has earned Mercedes-Benz Trucks' head of development, Professor Uwe Baake, the Professor Ferdinand Porsche Prize, for his role in its development.
Baake pointed out that MirrorCam doesn't only help reduce fuel consumption – courtesy of its more aerodynamic housing – it also "assists the driver, especially in critical driving situations.
"Not just on the motorway, but also in cities, where the aim is to better protect the weakest road users, such as pedestrians and cyclists."  


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