Drivers of Mercedes-Benz coaches and buses can now benefit from optional new 360° and 270° camera systems which offer a “bird’s eye perspective” of the vehicle.
The 360° camera system comprises four cameras and can be fitted to rigid Mercedes-Benz coaches and buses. The 270° system is available on articulated Citaro models and comprises three cameras on the left, right and rear of the rear section of the vehicle.
On vehicles fitted with the 360° system, the front camera can be fitted above or below the windscreen while the side cameras are located above the side windows. The rear camera is mounted in the vicinity of the rear window as with the reversing camera.
Images giving the driver the new perspective are displayed on a 10 inch monitor with a divided screen. A second image on the monitor switches automatically depending on whether the right or left indicator is switched on or if the vehicle is reversing. Drivers can also switch images manually when required through an on-screen menu. The monitor can also be switched on or off. Five views are available.
The new system is activated up to a speed of 35km/h (22mph), and at higher speeds when the indicator is switched on. When reducing speed, the system automatically kicks in when the vehicle speed drops below 32km/h (20mph).
The new cameras deliver what Daimler Buses calls “the best possible all-around visibility for maximum safety”, targeting pedestrians and cyclists at risk of being missed when not in the driver’s outside mirrors or direct field of vision.