The list of safety systems matches that available on any highway truck in the world. Active brake assist uses both video and radar to identify anything in front of the truck which could cause problems. The system will automatically apply braking to avoid hitting moving pedestrians, cars, moving or parked. It also informs Adaptive Cruise Control, keeping a safe distance from the vehicle in front, down to 0 km/h.
There is lane keeping assistance using the video from the front of the truck to warn when the driver drifts across lanes. Added to this system is a new one for Australia, Side Guard Assist. This uses two radars looking backwards and forward at the side of the truck. It can warn of vehicles in the blindspot when turning or changing lanes. It also warns the driver if it detects the trailer is likely to hit an object like a power pole.
One of the features available is something called Intelligent Powertrain Management. This uses topographical mapping to inform control systems when the truck is using cruise control. This will activate the coast feature when the engine is not required to maintain forward momentum, on inclines less than 3.5 per cent.
IPM will also accelerate the truck into the foot of an upcoming grade to maintain momentum on the climb. The system will also cut back on rpm as the truck approaches the crest of a hill to save fuel and use the downward incline to regain cruising speed.
The advanced computing power also enables Freightliner to offer the latest iteration of a product called Detroit Connect, which offers connectivity and advanced telematics. Remote diagnostics is possible, alongside remote engine updates, engine report downloads and firmware updates whilst on the road.
One of the strengths of the Argosy in Australia was the size and design of the driver accommodation. The release of the Cascadia and its cabin options looks likely to offer similar standards of space and features.
There are five different cabin options available, the day cab, a 36, a 48 and two 60 inch cabins. The 60 inch comes in a normal roof and a high roof option. The 36 inch will keep the dimensions tight enough to enable 26 metre B-double operation. As is typical with these North American cabins, there will be a number of different interior design options.