Kawasaki, Japan MFTBC Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation, a leading commercial vehicle manufacturer under the umbrella of Daimler Trucks Asia (DTA), announces that automated driving Level 2 functions featured in the recently unveiled Mercedes-Benz Actros heavy-duty truck will be installed in the Fuso Super Great heavy-duty truck from 2019.
The announcement was made by MFTBC CEO Hartmut Schick at the IAA commercial vehicle show in Hanover, Germany, where the new Actros was featured for customers, media and others to drive the vehicle and experience its industry-leading safety features.
Active Drive Assist (ADA)
Active Drive Assist builds upon Fuso’s tried-and-tested adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go function and the lane-keeping assistant. The system will provide significant support to drivers and makes an important contribution to increased road safety.
The automated “Level 2” system can brake, accelerate and steer independently. Unlike systems that only work at certain speeds, Active Drive Assist offers the driver partially automated driving. New elements are the active latitudinal control and the combination of longitudinal and lateral control in all speed ranges through the fusion of radar and camera information.
Active Brake Assist 5 (ABA5)
This system supports the driver when there is a danger of a rear-end collision or a collision with a person crossing, oncoming or walking in the truck’s lane also with an automatic full application of the brakes (hard braking) if necessary. A new aspect is that Active Brake Assist 5 now works with a combination of radar and a camera system. This allows it to monitor the space ahead of the vehicle even better and to react to persons in the road even better.
Bringing Daimler’s world-leading technologies to Japan
With the release of ADA and ABA5, Fuso clearly demonstrates the strength and customer benefits of its long-standing and close collaboration with colleagues in Daimler Trucks and throughout the Daimler Group. As MFTBC CEO Hartmut Schick mentioned, “We share 80% of our components for our Fuso’s automated driving system with Mercedes-Benz passenger cars. This is a clear demonstration of the value of being part of the Daimler group that Fuso brings to customers in Japan.” The Super Great’s application of these features will follow the initial release on the new Mercedes-Benz Actros, allowing for a mature and customer-tested system to make its way to Japanese customers in 2019.
As new technologies reshape the transportation and logistics industries, Mitsubishi Fuso puts continuous efforts toward ensuring top-class comfort, safety and efficiency in its vehicles. The introduction of advanced automated driving features to Fuso’s Super Great, in-line with the Mercedes-Benz Actros, is another step toward maximizing the value Fuso brings to its customers in Japan.