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Daimler Trucks North America to Offer Integrated Safety Systems

October 06, 2014

By Deborah Lockridge

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SAN DIEGO -- Daimler Trucks North America announced it will begin offering a proprietary suite of integrated safety systems next spring.

Detroit Assurance will let customers fully integrate their Detroit powertrain and safety system, resulting in a higher level of safety and performance, according to the company. DTNA says it is the first truck OEM to design and offer a proprietary suite of safety systems. 

Detroit Assurance builds on innovations pioneered by parent company Daimler, which recently showcased the Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025. This autonomous driving truck was equipped with an advanced vehicle communication system featuring radar, sensor and camera technologies that enhance driver performance and safety. 

"If you saw the 2025 automated truck, safety systems are critical to the future," said Richard Howard, vice president of sales and marketing for Daimler Trucks North America, speaking to journalists attending the American Trucking Associations Management Conference and Exhibition.

Available for the Freightliner Cascadia Evolution and Cascadia equipped with Detroit engines, the Detroit Assurance safety suite includes driver-friendly controls, and is seamlessly integrated into the truck’s dashboard, engine and transmission electronics, resulting in smoother and more accurate transitions.

Detroit Assurance systems are based on the truck’s position and movement, and use cab-mounted radar and cameras to warn the driver or, if necessary, slow the truck down automatically. 

Detroit Assurance includes:

  • A base radar system that features collision mitigation as well as adaptive cruise control. It uses active braking assist that is always on and applies the brakes to mitigate collisions, while adaptive cruise maintains a safe following distance.  
  • An optional camera system with lane departure warning. It uses audio and visual indicators to notify a driver they have unintentionally departed their lane.

"This is the first step," Howard said. "There will be more to come."

Daimler will continue to offer safety systems from third-party vendors as it does today.

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