Source: Mercedes-Benz announcement
STUTTGART, Germany – The introduction of a new S-Class brings with it Mercedes-Benz most advanced technology, including its quest for accident-free driving.
The latest version of the marque’s flagship sedan includes extensive new or revised driving assist systems (ADAS), which the company explains, “reduces the driver’s workload in day-to-day situations and is able to drive comfortably and safely. When a dangerous situation is detected, the assistance systems are able to respond to impending collisions as the situation demands.”
In day-to-day driving, assistance systems relieve driver stress as the situation requires, by adapting the vehicle speed, controlling distance, steering and lane changing. This enables the driver to stay alert for longer and reach the destination safely and comfortably. When a dangerous situation is detected, i.e. if there is a risk of an accident due to driver inattention or distraction, the driving assistance systems can respond according to the situation and mitigate the severity of possible collisions, or even avoid them.
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The S-Class has a new generation of steering wheels with capacitive hands-off recognition thanks to a two-zone sensor pad in the steering wheel rim. The sensors on the front and reverse sides of the rim register whether the driver’s hands are on the wheel. No steering movement is necessary to inform the driving assistance systems that the driver has control.
The new assistance display within the driver display clearly shows the operating principle of the driving assistance systems as a full-screen view. This is where the driver of an S-Class can see an abstract view of the car, driving lanes, lane markings and other road users such as cars, trucks and bikes.
The system status and operation of the assistants are visualized in this depiction of the surroundings. The new, animated assistance display is based on a 3D scene generated in real time. This dynamic, high-quality representation makes the operation of the driving assistance systems transparent as a tangible augmented reality experience.
A series of sensors throughout the vehicle provide the systems’ “eyes and ears,” facilitating features including: Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC (advanced, sophisticated cruise control); Active Steering Assist; Traffic Sign Assist; Active Lane Keeping Assist; Active Lane Changing Assist; Active Emergency Stop Assist; ATTENTION ASSIST; Active Brake Assist with cross-traffic function; Active Blind Spot Assist and exit warning function; Evasive Steering Assist, and PRE-SAFE® ImpulseSide.
For further information about these systems as well as an in-depth overview of the new 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class click HERE.