EQE SUV Features Extensive ADAS, Regen Braking

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Source: Mercedes-Benz announcement

ATLANTA – The new Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV, the company’s flagship electric sport-utility vehicle which reached U.S. dealerships this week, features a comprehensive array of advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) as well one-pedal driving with regenerative braking.

Intelligent energy recovery: one-pedal driving to a standstill

The EQE SUV offers several variants of energy recovery by means of recuperation (or regenerative braking). In this process, the high-voltage battery is charged by converting the mechanical rotary motion into electrical energy during overrun or braking mode. The driver can manually select the deceleration in overrun mode in three stages (D+, D, D-) as well as the coasting function via shift paddles behind the steering wheel. Also available: DAuto.

ECO Assist also offers situation-optimized recuperation; deceleration is so strong or weak that it ultimately results in the most efficient driving style. Recuperative deceleration is also used as far as possible for vehicles detected ahead until they come to a standstill, for example at traffic lights. The driver does not need to press the brake pedal for this; literally one-pedal driving.

The new EQE SUV: the driving assistance systems

The general standard equipment of the EQE SUV with driving assistance systems includes Active Brake Assist, Blind Spot Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, and Parking Assist Package with surround view system. The status and activity of the driving assistance systems are shown in a full-screen view in the assistance display in the driver’s display.

The Driver Assistance Package is also offered as an optional extra. This includes:

A new feature is the intersection start-off function, which provides additional safety measures when moving at intersections with cross traffic. The system uses intuitive arrows in the driver’s display to indicate which direction cross traffic is approaching. If the driver attempts to drive off, an audio-visual collision warning is triggered. The vehicle is prevented from moving off by automatically applying the brake. The driver can cancel this at any time by fully depressing the accelerator pedal.

Active Steering Assist helps the driver to follow within the lane. Special features include lane detection at low speeds additionally with 360° camera, very high availability and cornering performance on rural roads and improved lane centering on highways.

Active Lane Change Assist cooperatively assists the driver in changing to the adjacent lane

Active Emergency Stop Assist brakes the vehicle to a standstill in its own lane if it recognizes that the driver is no longer responding to the traffic situation for a longer period.

The Active Brake Assist with cross-traffic function can use the sensors installed in the vehicle to register whether there is a risk of collision with vehicles in front, crossing or oncoming. If a collision is imminent, the system can warn the driver visually and audibly. If the driver’s braking is too weak, it is also possible to support the driver by increasing the braking torque according to the situation and to initiate emergency braking if there is no reaction from the driver.

Evasive Steering Assist can assist the driver when seeking to avoid another road user detected by the system in a critical situation. In the new EQE, in addition to standing, crossing pedestrians, pedestrians walking along-side and vehicles and cyclists can also be taken into account. The speed range is up to 68 mph, support is also provided on inner city routes.

Active Lane Keeping Assist uses a camera to detect when road markings or road edges are crossed, helping the driver to avoid leaving the driving lane unintentionally. If there is a risk of collision with detected road users in the adjacent lane, for example overtaking or oncoming vehicles, the system can also react with warnings and steering intervention.

Active Blind Spot Assist can give a visual warning – and if the indicators are operated, also an audible warning – of potential side collisions at speeds exceding around 6 mph. If the driver ignores the warnings and still tries to change lanes, the system can take corrective action by one-sided braking intervention at the last moment at speeds over 19 mph. When the vehicle is stationary, the exit warning function can warn against exiting because a vehicle (or even a bicycle) is passing within the critical area.

PRE-SAFE® PLUS can take action in the event of an imminent rear-end impact. The system warns the driver of the vehicle following behind by activating the rear hazard warning lights with increased frequency. In addition, the preventive PRE-SAFE® occupant protection measures, including the reversible belt tensioners, are triggered. If the vehicle is stationary, PRE-SAFE® PLUS locks the brakes. Reducing forward motion can significantly reduce the loads acting on occupants, including the risk of whiplash.

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PRE-SAFE® Impulse Side (availability depending on selected equipment) can move the affected driver or front passenger away from the danger even before the crash as soon as the system detects that a side-on collision is immediately imminent. For this purpose, air chambers in the side bolsters of the front seat backrest are inflated in fractions of a second.

Further information on the EQE SUV can be found by clicking HERE.

Mike Geylin
Mike Geylin

Mike Geylin is the Editor-in-Chief at Hagman Media. Geylin has been in automotive communications for five decades working in all aspects of the industry from OEM to supplier to motorsports as well as reporting for both newspapers and magazines on the industry.