- Scania is now introducing Scania Mirror View Camera, optional digital rearview mirrors for improved vision and reducing blind spots
- Placement of displays and cameras gives unique functionality, based on ergonomic findings regarding HMI to reduce discrepancies
- Reduces the total width of the cab; the functionality makes it easier to drive, park and manoeuvre, resulting in safer operation
- New options regarding interior colour schemes, beds and interior features offers increased driver comfort and premium feel
Together with the new powertrain and services, Scania is also introducing several features and options for their premium trucks. The most noticeable change is the new Scania Mirror View Camera system (SMVC), whose unique solutions takes the human-machine interface regarding digital mirrors to a whole new level. An updated line of upholstery and colour schemes for the interior and the four different bed options are among the other new items, offering extra driver comfort and premium touch.
“We had a clear ambition to bring something new to our offer when developing our Scania Mirror View Camera System,” says Peter Hellberg, Product Manager at Scania Accessories. “By placing the camera unit at the door, just below the side window, the connection between what the camera sees and what the driver will experience in the display become natural and instinctive compared with having the camera positioned elsewhere on the cab.”
A truck with SMVC will offer a vastly improved view round the A-pillars, an obvious advantage when manoeuvring in tight junctions and busy urban areas. Viewing the 12.3- inch, high-resolution displays is easy since they are positioned at the A-pillar, so that it only takes minor eye movements to get the full picture.
“The unique design of our mirror view system means that the driver can always see the end of the vehicle in the display,” says Hellberg. “It is also easy to adapt the camera system to fit different vehicle combinations in a natural way. And without the traditional mirrors, the field of view beside the A-pillars clearly increases.”
In dusk and night-time conditions, Mirror View will improve the sightlines without disturbing the driver’s night vision. The system is in fact capable of softening the glare from direct light from traffic behind the vehicle, reducing the possibility of unwanted light being presented in the display.
The design of the camera cowlings (which can be painted to fit the truck) has been thoroughly tested from an aerodynamic perspective, to minimise air drag. The cowlings are foldable, have an efficient drip list to prevent the rain from clouding the driver’s view, and the lenses are heated for taking care of elements such as fog, snow and ice.
“Since we in fact use the lower exterior attachment point for the traditional mirrors, SMVC can be retrofitted on most NTG trucks,” says Hellberg. “All in all, this solution brings added customer value, increased safety and premium feel, regardless of whether it is being ordered for a new truck or retrofitted on an existing one.”
Upgraded interior options
Together with all the other new features, Scania is now – five years after the successful introduction of the NTG – also introducing various upgrades and revamps for the cab interiors. New styling, upholsteries and colour schemes will be added or, in some areas, replaced.
Scania is also introducing new textile options for its range of beds. The premium mattresses will have all-black textile tops while the two other beds will have covers with toned patterns. And the foldable table on the passenger side has been revamped too, resulting in a sleeker, more modern look.
“We continue to offer no less than four different Scania mattresses: Bonell, Foam, Pocket spring and Extendable beds,” says Louise Törnsten, Product Analyst at Scania Trucks. “What they all have in common is that they offer freedom of choice and excellent sleeping comfort based on our experience and customer preferences.”