One of the UK’s most recognisable supermarket chains Sainsburys recently launch a lorry designed specifically for the safety of cyclists and pedestrians.
The vehicle, a Mercedes-Benz Antos 1824L – which was unveiled by Mayor of London Boris Johnson at City Hall – features 360 degree monitors, extra side lighting for road users at night and low side guards for cyclist safety. It was designed in collaboration with Solomon and Mercedes.
Sainsburys Retail & Operations Director Roger Burnley said: ‘This is an important step in our work to make London’s roads safer. We’ve put an enormous amount of thought and research into creating a truck that we hope will be the safest on the road – for all road users.’
The truck has been fitted with an array of safety features including:
- New video technology in the cab giving 360 degree vision of the surrounding road
- New proximity sensors down the sides of the lorry that beep to alert the driver to other road users
- Side guard extensions and reflective infills to help stop cyclists from falling under the vehicle
- More downlights along the sides that glow at night, giving the driver more visibility of road users in the dark
- A warning sticker to alert road users that they are in the driver’s blind spot
- A tail lift operation warning – so that there will be an audible sound when the tail lift is being lowered – that’s for anyone behind the vehicle
- Further driver training on higher safety standards in the truck
Stylish in appearance, and highly cost-effective in operation, the new Mercedes-Benz Antos heavy-duty distribution range replaces Axor and Actros day cab models. The model range covers 18 or 26-tonne rigid, as a 4×2, 6×2, or on-road 6×4 tractor units.
James Colbourne, Head of Strategic Accounts – Trucks, Mercedes-Benz UK Ltd, said: Working in partnership with Sainsburys has been an extremely positive and educational experience. In building these vehicles Sainsburys have invested heavily in the safety of both cyclists and pedestrians and have built what can only be described as a fleet of some of the safest vehicles on the road.
“The new Antos as standard comes fitted with a high level of safety and with the array of additional measurers Sainsbury’s have made our cities a safer place.”
Why was the truck developed?
The concept was created by Sainsbury’s specifically for vulnerable road users. The truck has been developed in consultation with Solomon and Mercedes.
How many of these trucks are there right now?
There are seven vehicles ready for use right now with another nine on the way. They will first be used in London.
What is different about this vehicle?
The trucks have safety features which are further reaching than any other Truck of its type in use today. By combining a range of safety features the vehicle is considered best in class for protecting vulnerable road users, such as pedestrians and cyclists. The vehicle also has the latest features to minimise noise for local residents and overall environmental impact.
What did the Mayor announce?
The Mayor unveiled the truck at a Transport for London Safer Lorry consultation on removing existing exemptions to ensure that all vehicles over 3.5 tonnes have side guards and class 6 close proximity mirrors. All Sainsbury’s vehicles already have these features.
What other benefits does the truck have?
- Reduces our environmental impact:
- Curved slipstream (and Kamm tail) for maximum aerodynamics;
- Three temperature flexible compartments resulting in less journeys.
- Reducing noise for residents:
- Ultra low noise undermount refrigeration system;
- Tail lift and rear floor low noise covering
- White noise reversing alarm (rather than a loud beep) which can be made silent at night.
- Driver health and safety:
- Driver airbag (which isn’t actually an industry standard)
- High visibility red seatbelts – using brightly coloured seatbelts has been proven to increase driver seatbelt use
- LED interior lights increase lighting Lux levels within body
Mercedes-Benz Trucks is the sales and marketing organisation responsible for all Daimler Truck products, including Fuso Canter, and services in Britain 2013 marked the best year ever for Mercedes-Benz Trucks in the UK, with 9,500 trucks (8,468 Mercedes-Benz and 1,003 Fuso Canters) registered – a 7% increase on 2012, while also beating 2005’s previous record.
Mercedes-Benz Truck registration volumes grew in 2013 by 35%, against a market that increased by 28%, outperforming market growth by 7%.
With over 1,500 Euro VI vehicles already sold in the UK and a further 25,500 Euro VI operating throughout Europe, Mercedes-Benz Trucks offers a far more compelling package, not only for our products but for our customer services offerings too.