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Mitsubishi Fuso to introduce Level 2 automated driving features in Super Great heavy-duty truck in 2019

September 19, 2018

  • MFTBC will begin installing industry-leading automated driving technologies into its Super Great heavy-duty trucks before the end of 2019
  • Achieve “Level 2” automated driving where steering, accelerator and brakes can be controlled by the vehicle
  • New features rely on advanced technologies co-developed with parent company Daimler in Germany
  • Same technologies will appear in the recently unveiled new Mercedes-Benz Actros heavy-duty truck
  • Significantly more safety: New Active Drive Assist (ADA) can brake, accelerate and steer in all speed ranges
  • New Active Brake Assist 5 (ABA5) provides support in the case of an impending rear-end collision or other crash   if necessary also with automatic full braking

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.

Media Contact
Florian Laudan, Head of Communications, Daimler Trucks Asia
Phone: +81 44 330-7970 e-mail: florian.laudan@daimler.com

Humza Ahmad, Manager, International and Domestic PR, Corporate Communications, MFTBC
Phone: +81 44 330-7857 e-mail: humza.ahmad@daimler.com

MFTBC at a Glance
Based in Kawasaki, Japan, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) is one of Asia's leading commercial vehicle manufacturers. In 2016, the company sold a total of 130,000 vehicles including light, medium, and heavy-duty trucks and buses under the FUSO brand, with 89.29% of its shares owned by Daimler AG and10.71% by various Mitsubishi group companies. MFTBC is an integral part of the Daimler Trucks division of Daimler AG.

Daimler Trucks Asia at a Glance
Daimler Trucks Asia (DTA) is an organizational unit that jointly operates Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC)   an icon of the Japanese commercial vehicle industry with more than 80 years of history   and Daimler India Commercial Vehicles (DICV), a young challenger in the Indian market. DTA has a strategic business model that allows its group entities to collaborate in product development, production, exports, sourcing and research activity to provide the best of value products.

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