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Freightliner enhances Plus Series

By Adam Freill   

Construction Health & Safety Trucks

(Photo courtesy of Freightliner Trucks/DTNA)

Freightliner Trucks, a division of Daimler Truck North America LLC (DTNA), has introduced the Backup Alert System as its latest safety feature for its Plus series of trucks. Available as a factory-installed safety option, the passive system includes a seven-inch integrated touchscreen display, backup camera, and reverse proximity sensor to meet the needs of drivers across a multitude of applications, including the construction and utility segments.

The system works like those found in passenger cars, providing drivers with a seamless transition to their work trucks without the need for additional training.

“The Backup Alert System is an ideal solution for added rear visibility for drivers who have to frequently navigate crowded urban environments, tight loading docks, or busy job sites,” said Aaron Scates, vice-president of vocational and medium-duty market development at DTNA. “As a factory option, it’s backed by Freightliner, requires no downtime or degradation of the cab for third-party installation, and provides peace of mind for drivers and fleets alike.”

(Photo courtesy of Freightliner Trucks/DTNA)

Fleets can choose either an end-of-frame mounted camera or a fully prepped camera with added harness length that can be positioned later to suit the needs of their specific application and body upfit.

The backup camera feed will display on the in-dash seven-inch touchscreen display, giving clear visibility to the truck’s rear-view surroundings while the proximity sensor will trigger audible alerts to draw attention to stationary and moving objects the truck is approaching. Integrated steering wheel controls for hands-free calling, USB-C port, and Bluetooth connectivity further contribute to an enhanced driver experience.

The Backup Alert System complements the Detroit Assurance suite of safety systems, says DTNA, giving drivers additional awareness to safely navigate crowded urban environments, busy jobsites, and congested roads. For instance, optional Side Guard Assist detects when obstacles are in the blind spot on the passenger side and triggers audible and visual alerts to the driver to signal when objects are too close. Detroit Assurance is available on all Freightliner Plus series vocational models, as well as all on-highway models.




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