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  • Safety First. Andy Babinsky benefits from clever helpers: his Mercedes-Benz Actros is equipped with Sideguard Assist and Active Brake Assist 4.
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    Actros 1843 – Even safer with Sideguard Assist.

    On board: Active Brake Assist 4, Proximity Control with Stop-&-Go function, Roll Control Assist and a driver’s airbag.

    Photos: Sebastian Vollmert

Better safe than sorry.

Andy Babinsky benefits from clever helpers: His Actros is equipped with Sideguard Assist and Active Brake Assist 4. He turns off the radio: “I need total concentration here.” Immediately there’s a beeping sound from the right-hand A pillar, then a yellow warning triangle lights up. “There’s something coming,” says Andy, and instead of turning off the roundabout to the right he brakes to a halt. Then a couple of seconds later a cyclist appears in the bottom right corner of the windscreen. The cyclist rides quickly straight over the junction that Andy just wanted to turn into.


Mercedes-Benz Actros with Sideguard Assist. The Sideguard Assist warns with a yellow triangle if there are cyclists on the right.
Andy Babinsky in the driver’s cab of his Mercedes-Benz Actros 1843.

Sideguard Assist.

Bicycle bells, car horns and forever pedestrians appearing out of nowhere. There’s a lot going on in Münster this afternoon, as usual. “I used to get nervous in the mornings when I knew I was going to be driving here in the afternoon,” says Andy. The triangle above the little speaker that the warning tone came from has gone out again. Andy checks the side mirror again and turns right – out of here at last. But he’s still not really relaxed. He keeps taking one hand from the wheel and wiping it on his trousers. The situation demands his full concentration.


Support on board.

Andy has been driving for Peterburs Autokrane & Transporte in Rheda-Wiedenbrück for 16 years. The gravel in his orange dump semitrailer brings the tractor/trailer combination weight up to 40 tonnes. His destination is a construction site inside Münster. What makes this university town special: there are not only plenty of cars on the road, but there are many cyclists too. No other form of transport is more popular here. Andy’s trips often take him into city centres. “Trips like that can be stressful in a truck,” says Andy. “You follow the sat nav instructions, and you don’t know what’s waiting round the next corner. It’s a good thing I’ve got support on board.” Because: Peterburs is equipping its new trucks with the Mercedes-Benz Safety Pack.


Mercedes-Benz Actros from Peterburs Autokrane & Transporte in the city of Münster.
Andy Babinsky in the driver’s cab of his Mercedes-Benz Actros 1843.

Safety Pack.

This means Andy has the new Active Brake Assist 4 at his disposal, the first truck emergency braking system that can also reduce the risk of accidents with pedestrians crossing the road. The package also includes Proximity Control with Stop-&-Go function, Roll Control Assist and a driver’s airbag. Other special equipment that helps to avoid urban accidents is Sideguard Assist. That’s installed in Andy’s Actros too. The system can alert the driver’s attention to pedestrians and cyclists to the right of the tractor/trailer combination. “That makes life much easier. Especially in places like Münster,” says Andy.


Clever assistants.

“There’s another roundabout coming up there. Looks tricky. And just look at the traffic!” It’s not just that there are cars, vans and buses driving here – over on the right of the road the cyclists have their strip too. Andy is directly in front of the roundabout. There is not much room between the lane and the kerb – the town planners did not always allow for trucks going through the town centre. And the cyclists? They lift their bikes over the kerb and ride on the right of the truck, right into the danger zone. Andy can’t swerve to avoid them. If he were to go further over to the left, he’d completely block the other lane. There’s beeping and flashing in the cab. Sideguard Assist is warning him. Andy says: “I’ve been driving a truck for 17 years. The amount of traffic has steadily increased in this time. And to add to that, people are less considerate than they used to be.” Video at RoadStars.

Mercedes-Benz Actros im Kreisverkehr in Münster.