Mercedes-Benz Trucks  is using this year’s  Australasian Waste and Recycling Expo, which opens in Sydney tomorrow to promote the latest advanced safety features available on its specialist garbage/waste services truck, the Econic.

Far from binning safety, as some may have misinterpreted our headline saying, Mercedes is well equipped to claim the safety high ground with the Econic, which is packed with safety tech to make the task of collecting waste a lot more secure.

The company says that at the Expo, it will highlight its ‘safety-first approach of the waste-industry focussed Econic,’ , which it says not only features a Direct Vision high visibility cab design, but also an array of active safety features.

Mercedes says the  Econic is the only waste-collection truck in Australia and New Zealand to combine a high-visibility cab design with a full suite of fully-integrated active safety features including Sideguard Assist.

The Sideguard Assist system uses twin radar technology to look down the left side of the truck and alert the driver if any vehicles, other objects or pedestrians are in the danger zone.

The company says that select Econic models have been recognised with London’s prestigious five-star Direct Vision rating (formerly known as CLOCS), which measures how well the driver can see pedestrians, cyclists and other road users.

The Econic has a range of other key safety features including Lane Keeping Assist and a radar-based Advanced Emergency Braking System (AEBS) system that can automatically brake the vehicle even if the driver fails to respond to a potential impact. The latest generation of Mercedes-Benz Active Brake Assist can even brake when it senses moving pedestrians. An optional Blind Spot Camera package is also available and includes four cameras around the vehicle that give the operator complete visibility. Other benefits available to Econic customers include a walk–through cabin and four seats.

Mercedes also says the Econic is available as a single control model, or a dual-control version that was specially-developed for the Australia and New Zealand markets and that  Econic models now feature potent airconditioning systems, with between 8.5kW and 10kW of power depending on the model, that are well suited to extreme heat of our region.

The Australian Waste and Recycling Expo will run across August 24 and 25 at the International Convention and Exhibition Centre (ICC) in Sydney