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Daimler Trucks North America Announces Collision Mitigation System, Air Disc Brakes Now Standard on the New Freightliner Cascadia


Contact: Jennifer.Edwards@Daimler.com or Katja.Bott@Daimler.com

ATLANTA – (March 5, 2018) – Daimler Trucks North America  (DTNA) today announced that the Detroit™ Assurance® 4.0 collision  mitigation system and Meritor® EX+ L air disc brakes are standard on all  new Freightliner Cascadia® truck models. DTNA’s products and  innovations will be on view at the 2018 TMC Annual Meeting in Atlanta at  the Georgia World Congress Center, March 5–8, in booth #1505.

“The safety of all drivers on the road – whether behind the wheel of a  truck or in a passenger vehicle – has always been one of our key  priorities. We have made significant enhancements to our trucks that are  designed to reduce or mitigate collisions,” said Kelly Gedert, director  of product marketing for Freightliner and Detroit Components. “We are  committed to continuing to test and develop technologies that can  improve the safety of commercial vehicles.”

The Detroit Assurance 4.0 suite of safety systems includes Adaptive  Cruise Control (ACC) and Active Brake Assist (ABA) 4.0. ACC helps  drivers maintain a safe, continuous following distance and can be  adjusted to following distances between 2.4 and 3.6 seconds. The Detroit  Assurance 4.0 collision mitigation system is radar-based and always on.  Its bumper-mounted radar tracks the distance from the front of the  truck to other vehicles in its path. When a truck gets too close to  another vehicle, the driver first receives an audible alarm with visual  warning, followed by partial braking, and finally full active braking,  where the system slows the truck using the transmission, engine brake  and service brakes.

In addition to the standard collision mitigation system, the new  Cascadia can be spec’d with other optional safety features, such as Lane  Departure Warning and Side Object Detection systems.

Noted Gedert: “We understand that many of our customers continue to  evaluate their safety and technology needs to determine what is best for  their particular business, so we’ve made even our standard safety  technologies optional. We all share the same goal of providing  professional drivers with the right equipment to maximize safety.”

Complementing Detroit Assurance, the Meritor EX+ L air disc brakes,  which will now be standard on all wheel positions for the new Cascadia  starting in spring 2018, further enhancing both performance and safety.

The EX+ L has been weight-optimized without sacrificing performance and  is the industry’s lightest truck air disc brake. It features a  gear-synchronized twin piston design that adjusts both pistons  simultaneously, resulting in better performance and uniform pad wear.  The internal adjuster mechanism’s double-sealing technology does not  require periodic lubrication, and enhances reliability by keeping  contaminants out.

“Air disc brakes not only provide a shorter stopping distance, but they  are best-suited to support our safety innovations,” added Gedert. “Our  partnership with Meritor only adds to the new Cascadia being one of the  safest, best-performing trucks on the road today.”

For more information or to learn more about DTNA’s safety and product solutions, go to the DTNA booth (#1505) at TMC or visit www.daimler-trucksnorthamerica.com.  

About Daimler Trucks North America

Daimler Trucks North America LLC, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, is  the leading heavy-duty truck manufacturer in North America. Daimler  Trucks North America produces and markets commercial vehicles under the  Freightliner, Western Star and Thomas Built Buses nameplates. Daimler  Trucks North America is a Daimler company, the world’s leading  commercial vehicle manufacturer.

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