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Active Brake Assist 2 by Mercedes-Benz

Active Brake Assist 2 by Mercedes-Benz

Continuing to tell you about new developments from Mercedes-Benz company, which you could see on IAA 2010. Mercedes-Benz is presenting the 2nd generaion of its safety braking system - Active Brake Assist 2. Whereas the safety system only previously triggered an emergency braking if there was a threatening risk of a rear-end collision with a vehicle ahead, the further developed Active Brake Assist 2 also initiates a braking manoeuvre when it detects stationary obstacles, for example, in an unexpected tailback on the motorway. Daimler Trucks has therefore taken a further step towards realising its vision of accident-free driving, as part of its “Shaping Future Transportation” global initiative.

The radar used by the Active Brake Assist 2 system scans an area of 1-200 m in the lane ahead of the truck whilst continuously determining the distance to a vehicle in front or a stationary obstacle as well as the difference in speed between the two vehicles. If, based on the current driving style, an accident is unavoidable, the driver initially receives visual warnings in the form of a red triangle which lights up and an audible alarm. If the situation gets any worse, the system responds by applying the brakes. The warning concept is designed to allow drivers to diffuse critical situations themselves; that’s because braking initiated by Active Brake Assist 2 with 50% of the maximum braking power gives drivers the time that is needed to avoid an accident themselves. Active Brake Assist 2 offers decisive advantages over other systems currently under development. The tried-and-tested radar technology operates robustly under all weather and light conditions, for instance. What’s more, Active Brake Assist is effective across a truck’s entire speed range – from 0 km/h or slow driving at brisk walking pace to motorway speeds of up to 89 km/h (when the speed limiter is activated). Although Active Brake Assist 2 cannot always prevent accidents, the automatic application of the brakes does reduce the collision speed and, therefore, mitigates the consequences of accidents substantially. Active Brake Assist 2 will replace the previous system at the turn of the year.

New generation of Atego Hybrid

New generation of Atego Hybrid

The new generation of Atego BlueTec Hybrid distribution truck will be presented on the IAA 2010. The latest hybrid uses a new-generation of high-voltage lithium-ion batteries. The engine start/stop system (MSS), which has been available for conventional Atego for years, has been further optimised for the hybrid variant. It reacts even faster to red traffic lights and stop-and-go traffic much faster by shouting down the engine. The vehicle operates with so-called parallel hybrid drive. Together or separately, a Blue Tec 5 diesel engine with EEV technology and an electric motor take on the propulsion. The electric motor sources its power from lithium-ion batteries that feed on recuperated braking power. In they field trials, the developers measured a fuel saving and an accompanying CO2 reduction of between 10 and 15 percent. This version has the European type approval for series vehicles 2007/46/EC.

Oshkosh New Striker

Oshkosh New Striker

Oshkosh Airport Products, a division of Oshkosh Corporation, displayed the new Striker® Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) vehicle at Interschutz in Leipzig, Germany. The new Striker’s innovative fire suppression technology includes available Pulse Delivery that allows firefighters to deliver dry chemical powder in a truly “dry” form more than 27meters (90 feet), over three times the capability of other dry chemical systems. The standard 7381 lpm (1950 gpm) single stage pump provides ample fire suppression output to all discharges @ 240psi, delivering full capacity of all discharges simultaneously. In addition, there is an optional 10,000 lpm (2650 gpm) output to handle the most demanding needs. Two crosslays are now available that allow for handline access from either side of the truck for faster deployment of up to 91 meters (300-feet) of hose per crosslay. 

MAZ - the way to Dakar!

MAZ - the way to Dakar!

September 3rd, the "MAZ" company from Belarus has presented a racing truck and racing team, which will participate in the international rally-raid "SILK WAY 2010". The race begins on September 11th in St. Petersburg and will finish a week later in Sochi. The route length is 4859 km. The presentation was attended by more than 20 representatives of leading Belarusian and Russian mass media. Journalists were able to see the racing truck and technical truck. The racing truck is based on a serial MAZ-5309. 

Renault Trucks is upgrading NGV version of Premium Distribution

Renault Trucks is upgrading NGV version of Premium Distribution

Committed to the research and development of alternative solutions to all-diesel for many years, Renault Trucks has made a further step forward by introducing an upgraded range of vehicles running on NGV (natural gas for vehicles). A fresh development spearheaded with its Premium Distribution RCV (refuse collection vehicle), mainly designed for regional government authority customers. NGV has been chosen because it is a safe, low emission and quiet energy offering the same dynamic qualities as diesel which also benefits from advantageous tax positioning in several countries, including France.

In addition, the Premium Distribution NGV RCV is much quieter than a vehicle running on an internal combustion engine at intermediary engine speeds (from 1,000 to 1,800 rpm) which is the range in which it operates during refuse collection activities. This reduced noise level, which can be as much as 2 dB, is particularly appreciated by both those living in town centres and fleet managers who, as a result, can extend their vehicle's operating hours, using it earlier in the morning and later in the evening. As far as technical details are concerned, the Renault Premium Distribution NGV RCV is available in 4x2 18/19 T rigid and 26 T 6x2*4 rigid versions. The engine is an ISL G type Cummins developing 300 hp or 1,166 Nm. The transmission is automatic via an Alison 3000 gearbox. Wheelbases range from 3,500 to 4,750 mm with an extension of 1,350 mm for the 6x2*4. This model will first of all be available in France, Spain and Switzerland, before being gradually introduced into the other European countries.

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