The German trade journal "Transport" presented the European Transport Prize for Sustainability (ETPN) for the sixth time on November 18, 2021. The award is intended to encourage companies from the commercial vehicle sector to act sustainably by recognizing forward-looking products and strategies in this area. With its OptiView digital mirror replacement system, MAN & Truck Bus won the coveted award in the Assistance Systems category at this year's edition.
"This award shows that we have created an absolute benchmark in the field of mirror replacement systems with our MAN OptiView mirror replacement system, making our already excellent workplace in the new MAN Truck Generation even better," said Christoph Huber, Chairman of the Executive Board at MAN Truck & Bus Deutschland GmbH at the award ceremony.
Turning off or changing lanes are among the situations in which, despite good mirror technology, the driver could previously find himself in potentially critical situations if other road users were difficult to see, especially in the blind spot area.
The OptiView digital mirror replacement system, which can be ordered as an option, uses cameras to show the traffic situation around the truck on two large high-resolution displays on the A-pillars and also on the screen of the media system. In addition to the standard view, drivers also have a zoom and wide-angle view at their disposal, providing them with an optimum view of the surrounding traffic. OptiView thus significantly reduces the risk of overlooking other road users. The system's field of vision also makes blind spots on the driver's and passenger's side visible, thus contributing to the safety of cyclists and pedestrians in particular in the city.
In addition to the various screen views, MAN OptiView offers further supportive additional functions. For example, width and length auxiliary lines can be superimposed on the views of the side displays so that distances and dimensions can be estimated even better when overtaking or maneuvering. In addition, MAN OptiView also integrates the warning displays of the turn-off aid, the lane change aid and the lane change collision avoidance assistant in the two side displays. All important information on the surrounding traffic situation is thus always directly bundled and in view.
Another helpful and safety-enhancing additional function of MAN OptiView during breaks is the monitoring mode. This allows the driver to view the vehicle surroundings of his parking space via the wide-angle view in the side displays and the front camera image in the media system display, especially at night when the curtains are closed, and to detect suspicious movements around the truck at an early stage. The monitoring mode can be activated directly via the control module on the lower bed - from a sleeping position, so to speak - at any time. If the vehicle is equipped with a rear-view camera in addition to OptiView, its image is shown as a split-screen view in the media display.
Critical driving maneuvers can occur not only in long-distance traffic on highways and freeways when changing lanes or at entrances and exits. An optimum overview of the traffic situation is essential, especially for the typically frequent turning and maneuvering in construction and distribution traffic. MAN has therefore offered OptiView for all four truck series TGL, TGM, TGS and TGX from the very beginning. Customers have been able to order the digital mirror replacement system since the beginning of October 2021.