Semi-automated truck driven on UAE roads for the first time
Mercedes-Benz Trucks, a division of Daimler Commercial Vehicles MENA, along with Emirates Authority for Standardization & Metrology (ESMA), have performed a test-drive of the semi-automated Mercedes-Benz Actros from Dubai to Abu Dhabi.
This is the first time a semi-automated truck is driven on UAE roads; it showcased the possibilities of the latest truck technology available in serial production.
Kay-Wolf Ahlden, President & CEO of Daimler Commercial Vehicles MENA said: “Actros 5th generation with Active Drive Assist is the first partially automated assistance system on a series produced truck in the world. Today, marks the first time these vehicles hit the roads of the Middle East and Africa.
“The new Active Drive Assist can brake, accelerate, and steer the truck independently.”
Unlike systems that only work at certain speeds, Active Drive Assist, or ADA, offers partially-automated driving at all speeds for the first time in a series-produced truck.
Active Drive Assist builds upon the tried-and-tested adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go function and the lane-keeping assistant from Mercedes-Benz.
Khalaf Khalaf Al Hammadi, Director of Standards at ESMA, stated: “In the United Arab Emirates, we are committed to achieving sustainable and environmentally-friendly transportation solutions.”
The test drive was organized in collaboration with ESMA, and demonstrated the use of this system and its benefits in terms of vehicle handling and road safety.