MAN is introducing brand-new product highlights for its new generation of trucks to make them safer, more user-friendly, more efficient and more digital.
The MAN OptiView mirror replacement system, the MAN CruiseAssist driving assistant, additional fuel savings of up to 3.7%, over-the-air updates with MAN Now and new digital services are just some of the innovations arriving between the second half of 2021 and early 2022 that will provide drivers and operators with lasting benefits in their day-to-day operations.
The main visual highlight is the absence of traditional exterior mirrors. The new, optional mirror replacement system, which can be ordered from October onwards, works exclusively with cameras, including at the front and on the sides of the vehicle. They show what is happening around the truck on two large high-resolution displays on the A-pillars and also on the screen of the media system. The driver has a selection of view options to choose from, each consistently eliminating blind spots, improving visibility and, above all else, significantly improving safety for other road users. The turn assist function is also integrated into the display concept.
The new collision avoidance assistant provides greater safety when changing lanes. As an extension of the previous lane change warning system, the assistant intervenes by counter-steering if a collision is imminent. The new MAN CruiseAssist function provides another form of electronic driving assistance. It can be used to steer, brake and accelerate the TGX and TGS trucks independently in traffic on the motorway, even in traffic jams. Even though the driver needs to keep their hands on the steering wheel at all times, the system takes a lot of the burden off the driver and offers significant safety benefits.
A new turn assist camera system with warning function from MAN Individual provides greater safety ex works, particularly as a retrofit solution for older vehicles.
The new dynamic torque adjustment function and the speed reduction when cruising at idling speed have an impact on the reduction in fuel consumption. When combined with the highly efficient MAN TipMatic 12 gearbox, which is now used by default in standard semi-trailer tractors, and the aerodynamics, which have been further improved by the removal of the exterior mirrors and the arrival of the new sunblind for the GM and GX cabs, additional fuel savings of up to 3.7% can be achieved in long-haul transport situations with the D26 engine series.
Digital with an eye to the future
Fleet managers are just as pleased about this as they are about the expanded range of over-the-air function updates and new features on the free MAN Driver app, which also contribute to efficiency. MAN Perform, the tool for analysing driver and vehicle deployment, will also be upgraded between the second half of 2021 and early 2022, offering new features such as automated fleet and driver reports, and the ability to integrate additional performance data.
Photos (top to bottom): Externally mounted camera; the collision avoidance assistant; optional mirror replacement system with A-pillar mounted screen; MAN TGX.