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Keep it safe, but don't keep it secret in the 2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

There's plenty of clever safety tech in the new Sprinter, much of which was plucked right from M-B's passenger cars.

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Andrew Krok
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Advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) have taken their sweet time moving from regular cars to commercial vehicles.   

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But, several automakers with their hands in both have been leading the charge.    

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Volvo's big-rig trucks now have automatic emergency braking, for example.

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The 2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van goes above and beyond, though, by adding a huge chunk of the ADAS found on M-B's cars.

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It might not have been a class of vehicle I was used to, but after digging into its tech, it felt like any other passenger car, which should be a good thing for the oodles of commercial-vehicle drivers out there.

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The 2019 Sprinter has not one, but two different automatic emergency braking systems.     

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The standard AEB setup works with traffic traveling ahead of the van.    

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To meet German requirements for the system, it will first emit an audible warning after finding a major speed differential between the two vehicles, followed by light braking to give the driver the opportunity to hit the brakes.     

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The other system uses radar located in the rear bumper as part of its rear cross-traffic alert system.     

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Keep scrolling or clicking to check out even more pictures of the Sprinter's safety tech in action.

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