Having introduced various active and passive safety systems such as the Electronic Stability Program (ESP®), Lane Assistant (SPA), Continuous Braking Limiter (DBL), Brake Assist (BA), proximity-controlled cruise control (ART), Front Collision Guard (FCG) and Active Brake Assist, with the second-generation Active Brake Assist Mercedes-Benz has now laid down a further milestone on the path towards realising its vision of accident-free driving.
The safety system up until now was capable of initiating emergency braking in the event of an impending collision with a moving vehicle in front; now Active Brake Assist 2 can initiate braking for stationary obstacles - for example, when coming up against a sudden traffic jam on the motorway.
Active Brake Assist was first introduced in the Mercedes-Benz Actros heavy-duty truck in 2006 and in the Mercedes-Benz Travego coach in 2008. Since then, the assistance system has proven itself over more than 5 billion kilometres. Some 27,000 Daimler trucks, buses and coaches are fitted with Active Brake Assist.
Active Brake Assist 2 will supplement the existing system from the end of the year. As in previous years, Mercedes-Benz will be supporting the widespread use of Active Brake Assist by not charging extra for the system ordered in conjunction with the proximity-controlled cruise control.