Mercedes-Benz trucks have updated the MirrorCam for the first time. The second generation MirrorCam has been available for Actros, Arocs and eActros since April 2022. With this, Mercedes-Benz Trucks has further developed an important aspect of the system.
“Intensive discussions with our customers and their practical experience became the basis for us to make further adjustments to generate greater added value, especially in the field of display and security,” said Prof. Uwe Baake, head of product development at Mercedes-Benz Trucks.
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Shorter camera support
The camera stand has been shortened by ten centimeters. This applies to both narrower and wider cabs and has the advantages, among other things, that the driver can reverse more easily in a straight line compared to the first-generation MirrorCam.
This is mainly due to the fact that the MirrorCam’s perspective is now even more similar to that of a conventional mirror. The camera mount now protrudes no more than the rearview mirror, which the driver can see well. Collisions with objects on the roadside are now nearly impossible.
As part of the revision of the camera system, Mercedes-Benz has also developed further functions. For example, a drip edge has been installed on the bottom of the MirrorCam to prevent rainwater from flowing onto the lens and causing unwanted visual effects.
In addition, the engineers at Mercedes-Benz Trucks have further optimized the tone mapping. Tone mapping is the process of adjusting an image so that a large number of tones are correctly displayed on the screen. The evolution of the camera system in terms of color and brightness adjustments means that the display shows areas relevant to the driving situation more accurately. For example, when retreating in a dark or poorly lit facility.
“Benefits are still available, such as wide-angle mode when reversing, on-screen distance line to better estimate the distance to objects behind the vehicle being driven, panning camera images while cornering or monitoring around the vehicle during rest periods. ”, said the truck manufacturer.
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The interaction between MirrorCam and the cornering assistant has proven to be useful. If, unexpectedly, there is a risk that the truck driver will not see the cyclist or pedestrian when turning right, the system may intervene within its system limits. The cornering assistant continues to use the MirrorCam display for visual alerts.