With the elegant MBUX system developed by Bulgarian engineers months after the new Mercedes A-Class premiere, the automotive giant joined the next revolutionary technology. This is the cockpit of the world's most modern truck – the new Actros with Active Drive Assist.
The role of the Bulgarian development center of Viseon is enormous, from the engineering aspect of the project to the development of the individual elements of the system architecture. Regardless of the device itself, three different operating systems work to provide a safe and secure environment for performing certain functions. A revolution in such embedded systems is the use of hardware virtualization software for better management of peripherals. The project is based on Visteon's SmartCore technology, which integrates several traditional devices into a unified system. With the success of the first-ever truck project, engineers at the Sofia Development Center are very pleased with the opportunity to gain a unique experience in heavy cargo transportation.
With a series of exhibitions at various exhibitions and the launch of the Actros flagship, Daimler showed heavy news live. The main features of the new trucks are the removal of the exterior mirrors and the fully digitalised interior of the cab. Conventional power tools (speedometers, turntables, etc.) have been replaced by a large display that can be configured as required by the Driver. The number of buttons in the instrument panel is also greatly reduced by touch-sensitive steering panels; The driver can change menus that give information about traffic status and vehicle status, driving mode or multimedia, and quick access to a connected phone.
Other interesting modules in new actors:
- semi-autonomous driving (the truck follows itself and does not leave the lane)
- identification of road markers and objects as well as road users
- Lane Lane Notice (in the case of a manual drive) and Blind (Blank) Object Warning in the Visibility Area
- configurable panel view based on driver preferences and customization of truck via driver profile
In addition to the instrument panel, the central touch screen with intuitive interface, the steering wheel buttons and the quick release button bar at the bottom of the center display stand out. Whether it's music or entertainment, they allow the driver to easily navigate through menus or get important information about the status of the tool and manage a variety of functions that can be more loaded into the tool.
Main menus available on the main screen:
- Media and radio
- Phone and smartphone (Apple Interfaces – CarPlay and Google – using AndroidAuto)
- Lighting control
- Truck status
- Virtual buttons
- Air conditioning control
Mercedes-Benz Trucks, with its new features on the 60's, has made a partial autonomous drive in mass production, and Bulgarian engineers have once again proved their world-class ideas and skills.