Sindelfingen, May 2, 2017 – With new and considerably extended driver assistance functions, the facelifted S-Class will take another major steps on the road to autonomous driving with the following safety and driver assistance functions:
- Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC uses substantially more map and navigation data and can support the driver on a route-specific basis in numerous situations while conveniently adjusting the vehicle speed.
- Active Steering Assist on the new S-Class has been noticeably improved across its entire performance spectrum, resulting in markedly enhanced customer benefits.
- With Active Lane Change Assist, it is now sufficient to nudge the indicator stalk in order to initiate a lane change. Lane changing then takes place within the next few seconds, with a corresponding indication in the instrument cluster, provided that the sensors do not detect any vehicles in the relevant safety zone.
- Active Emergency Stop Assist is able to brake the vehicle in a controlled manner, even to a standstill, when driving with Active Steering Assist engaged. This is done if the system recognizes that the driver is permanently unable to take control of the vehicle. At lower vehicle speeds the system activates the hazard warning lights and can now unlock the doors when the vehicle is stationary to allow first aid responders immediate access to the vehicle’s interior. With the available mbrace® Secure, the system simultaneously makes an emergency call via eCall.
Improved camera and radar systems allow the S-Class to look further up ahead than before.
Revised, intuitive icons in both the instrument cluster and Head Up Display make the use of the driver assistance systems easier. Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC is operated via buttons on the new steering wheel.