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Detroit Launches Safety Suite

Posted: October 30, 2014


Daimler Trucks North America is introducing a proprietary suite of driver safety systems fully linked to the Detroit powertrain. DTNA says it’s the first truck OEM to make such an offering, called Detroit Assurance.

Not surprisingly, it builds on products pioneered by German parent company Daimler, which has been showing off a lot of very sophisticated technology lately. Like the advanced vehicle communication system of the Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025, with its array of interconnected radar, sensors, and cameras that enhance driver performance and safety.

Available for the Freightliner Cascadia and Cascadia Evolution equipped with Detroit engines, the safety suite is seamlessly integrated into the truck’s dashboard, engine, and transmission electronics, resulting in what DTNA refers to as “smoother and more accurate transitions.”

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 prevent collisions, while adaptive cruise maintains a safe following distance. An optional camera system with lane-departure warning uses audio and visual indicators to notify the driver who has unintentionally departed from his driving lane.


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