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Mercedes Trucks unveils second generation of MirrorCam

Mercedes Trucks is launching the second generation of its MirrorCam system which has now evolved.

Mercedes Trucks has revealed that it has updated its MirrorCam for the first time.

The second generation, available for the Actros and Arocs as well as eActros series since April, has evolved with the new system winning several Innovation Awards. 

The head of product development at Mercedes Trucks, Prof Uwe Baake, said: “The intensive discussions with our customers and their experiences from day-to-day operations formed the foundations for us to make further adjustments.”

The second MirrorCam generation stands

The exterior of the second MirrorCam generation stands out because the camera arms on both sides have been shortened by ten centimetres. 

This applies to both the narrower and wider cab and has the advantage, among other things, that drivers can reverse in a straight line more easily than with the first MirrorCam generation. 

This comes because of MirrorCam’s perspective now being more akin to that of conventional glass mirrors. 

Its shorter dimensions bring about another advantage because with the 2.50-metre-wide cab, the camera arm now protrudes no further than the kerb mirror which is within drivers’ plain sight. 

Collisions with objects at the edge of the road are now virtually impossible, thanks to the width of the chassis being identical – this also applies to the 2.30-metre-wide cab variant.

Mercedes Trucks has also evolved further features

As part of the revision of the camera-based system, Mercedes Trucks has also evolved further features, including a drip edge that has been incorporated at the bottom of MirrorCam.

This will prevent rainwater from running onto the lens and causing undesirable visual effects. 

In addition, engineers have optimised the tone mapping so that the image is adapted and displayed correctly on the screen,

The camera system’s evolution in colour and brightness adaptation means that the displays show the area relevant to the driving situation when reversing into a dark or poorly lit facility.

MirrorCam’s revisions can help to manage overtaking

The MirrorCam’s revisions can help to manage overtaking, manoeuvring, driving in poor visibility and darkness, cornering and passing narrow spaces even more safely and without causing stress. 

The existing advantages are still available, such as wide-angle mode when manoeuvering backwards and distance lines on the display for better assessing the distance from objects behind the vehicle being driven.

There’s also camera image panning when cornering or monitoring of the vehicle’s surroundings during rest periods.

The interaction between MirrorCam and the cornering assistant is also helpful, especially in complex traffic situations and at confusing junctions. 

If there is a risk that a driver fails to spot a cyclist or pedestrian when turning right, the system can intervene within its system limits, to warn the driver as part of a multi-stage process.

And, in the case of the optionally available Active Sideguard Assist, the system initiates automated braking up to a cornering speed of 12 mph. The cornering assistant continues to use the MirrorCam display for visual warnings.

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