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    Mercedes-Benz demonstrates Sideguard Assist on the Actros.

Pioneer in safety assistance systems for trucks.

Mercedes-Benz Trucks presented the prototype of the Sideguard Assist as early as 2014. The system has been available on the market since 2016 and is now installed in around every third new Actros and Antos purchased in Germany. In Berlin, the assistant was now demonstrated to journalists on a practice area in an everyday turning situation at a traffic light. This exercise illustrates how other road users can be effectively protected.


Mercedes-Benz Trucks: In Berlin Mercedes-Benz demonstrates the Sideboard Assist on the Actros.
Mercedes-Benz Trucks: In Berlin Mercedes-Benz demonstrates the Sideboard Assist on the Actros.

Protects those in need of protection.

The accident statistics speak volumes: collisions when turning corners are among the most common and most serious types of accidents in conjunction with trucks and unprotected road users. Cyclists and pedestrians can become endangered if truck drivers do not perceive them. The Sideguard Assist from Mercedes-Benz reliably warns the driver about dangers when turning corners in critical situations with restricted vision. Moreover: it also takes into account the tractrix curve of the semitrailer and therefore also warns if there is a danger of a collision with stationary obstacles such as traffic lights or street lamps. Over and above, it supports the driver when changing lane.


More and more commercial vehicles with the star have it.

With the Sideguard Assist, Mercedes-Benz Trucks is the first manufacturer currently offering such a safety assistance system. The Sideguard Assist means significantly improved protection for the weakest road users. The system helps the driver avoid collisions with cyclists, pedestrians or stationary obstacles such as traffic lights, traffic signs or light poles while turning right by giving him early warning and leaving more time for timely braking. The Sideguard Assist is available for the Actros, Antos and Arocs series and, most recently, for the Econic and Setra coaches.

Mercedes-Benz Trucks: In Berlin Mercedes-Benz demonstrates the Sideboard Assist on the Actros.
  • Mercedes-Benz Trucks: In Berlin Mercedes-Benz demonstrates the Sideboard Assist on the Actros.
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Keeping track of things at the right moment.

The four correctly adjusted exterior mirrors on the passenger side do give a virtually complete view of road users alongside the truck. But even the best truck driver can overlook pedestrians or cyclists if they enter the truck’s lane while the driver is checking the situation with a brief look ahead or to the left.


This is aggravated by poor vision due to the weather or the time of day, and the risk of being distracted because of the increasingly hectic conditions in the hustle and bustle at intersections.


Mercedes-Benz Trucks: In Berlin Mercedes-Benz demonstrates the Sideboard Assist on the Actros.

An unequal balance of power.

Danger occurs through the extreme differences in mass ratios when there are unintended encounters between trucks and pedestrians or cyclists. The result: every fifth pedestrian killed in an urban setting dies in a collision with a truck. In an extra-urban location the proportion of those who lose their lives is around 10 to 15 percent. As expected the contact points in accidents with trucks are concentrated on the co-driver’s side whilst turning right. This is where the first collision occurs in an accident in significantly more than 50 percent of the cases.


A radar sensor monitors the entire passenger side.

The Sideguard Assist is capable of even more: it warns the truck driver about other road users not only when turning off; it also warns about imminent collisions with stationary obstacles – for example signs or lamps – and also serves as an assistance system when changing lane to the co-driver’s side up to the permitted maximum speed. The heart of the Sideguard Assist is a radar sensor located in front of the truck’s rear axle on the co-driver’s side of the vehicle. The system is arranged in such a way that it covers the entire length of a semi-trailer or a truck and trailer combination. In addition, this strip is even extended forwards to two metres in front of the truck.


Mercedes-Benz Trucks: In Berlin Mercedes-Benz demonstrates the Sideboard Assist on the Actros.
Mercedes-Benz Trucks: In Berlin Mercedes-Benz demonstrates the Sideboard Assist on the Actros.

The aim: always inform, warn if necessary.

If there is a moving object in the side monitoring zone, the driver is informed visually. In the A-pillar on the co-driver’s side at the driver’s eye level an LED in the shape of a triangle is illuminated. The lamp draws the driver’s attention intuitively towards the situation alongside the vehicle. If there is the risk of a collision, there is an additional visual and acoustic warning: the LED lamp flashes red several times with a higher output, and a warning buzzer sounds on the side in question. If the sensors detect a stationary obstacle such as a traffic light or lamp in the tracking pattern of the truck during the process of turning off, there is also a visual and acoustic warning.