Daimler Trucks is currently conducting user tests with a mobile vehicle simulator fitted on the rear of Mercedes Benz V class model in Stuttgart. The tests embrace existing systems of the new Mercedes Benz Actros and the collated feedback of future digital operating menus along with the new app will be utilised to enhance development work at Daimler Trucks.
The mobile simulator enables Daimler experts to meet the drivers in their usual working environment, as the simulation uses a state-of-the-art virtual reality technology with 3D models and measurement sensors for reliable test results in a shorter time. While testing, the truck drivers wear virtual reality 3D glasses in which they see the digital image of the truck cockpit and driving situations. In addition, the drivers physically hold the related truck multifunction steering wheel in their hands. Steering wheel and 3D simulation are linked. In this first step of the new test series, Daimler's engineers are mainly investigating the user-friendliness of the menu navigation in future cockpit screens as well as the acceptance of the app portfolio by truck drivers.
The new Actros celebrated its world premiere in September last year with many new product highlights, which support the driver in terms of safety and comfort. A highlight is the Multimedia Cockpit, which offers the driver a unique operation and display comfort. Two interactive screens serve as a central information source. The cockpit enables the integration of smartphones as well as apps, which support the driver in the daily business.
Dr. Christian Ballarin, Head of Advanced Engineering Daimler Trucks for Active Safety, Autonomous Driving and Connectivity, Daimler Trucks, said an advantage of the mobile test lab is that it brings the company to the drivers, and by having drivers test in their professional environment, their feedback is even more authentic, leading to benefits for development work.