Source: Daimler announcement

Stuttgart – Accidents involving trucks turning off to the right are among the worst type of accident that can happen on inner-city roads, and not just for unprotected road users like cyclists and pedestrians, but also for the drivers themselves. In order to avoid such accidents as best as possible or at the very least to reduce their consequences, Mercedes-Benz Trucks introduced its optional Sideguard Assist (S1R) in 2016 as a series-production solution for many models in the Actros, Arocs or Econic ranges. For the majority of these models, Sideguard Assist is also available as a retrofit solution which affords the same level of protection as the series-production variant – and since April 2021, it can now also be retrofitted on the latest-generation Actros and Arocs models.

Even the Mercedes-Benz Actros F, an entry-level 18-tonne-and-over tractor unit trimmed to functionality, can now also be retrofitted with the system. But that’s not all: for models in which Sideguard Assist (S1R) cannot be installed, Mercedes-Benz Trucks offers Sideguard Assist, basic as a retrofit solution.

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With this, Mercedes-Benz Trucks is yet again underlining its pioneering role in the field of safety. At the same time, the company is laying the foundations for its aspiration of implementing driver assistance systems on a large scale which prevent accidents on both new and existing vehicles.

High demand for Sideguard Assist

The offer of a retrofit solution has been met with great interest from customers of Mercedes-Benz Trucks: since summer 2020, around 650 Mercedes-Benz trucks were retrofitted with Sideguard Assist – be that in the form of the S1R variant or as Sideguard Assist, basic. At the same time, an increasing number of haulage business owners are already ordering the system ex-works. The order quota is at the very high level of around 85 percent in Germany and Switzerland.

“This demonstrates the strong desire of many fleet operators to offer their drivers a truck which isn’t just efficient and reliable, but a truck which also features excellent safety equipment,” said Andreas von Wallfeld, Head of Marketing, Sales and Services at Mercedes-Benz Trucks.

Equipment with Sideguard Assist can also be aided by state subsidies. That applies not only to the ex-works variant but also to the retrofit solution from Mercedes-Benz Trucks.

The entire announcement can be viewed by clicking HERE.