Episode 8: Innovation from day one.
Every new Mercedes-Benz turns the future into the present: it offers the latest technologies, and as a result, each vehicle of the brand pushes boundaries time and again. The latest vehicle is the Mercedes-Benz E-Class – the world’s most intelligent executive saloon.
The future as an assignment.
The Mercedes-Benz F 015 Luxury in Motion seems to pull up straight from the future. It comes from a maybe not too distant time when autonomous driving is already routine.
The research vehicle demonstrates relevant functions and also an unusual space concept whose variability creates new possibilities: for communication, relaxation and using the innovative multimedia technology.
A pioneer of autonomous and accident-free driving.
The future turns into the present in every new Mercedes-Benz, reborn time and again since the invention of the automobile in 1886. The latest state-of-the-art offering is the E-Class. Design, powertrain, aerodynamics, assistance systems, operating concepts: it redefines the concept of a car in many areas. It demonstrates the overriding Mercedes-Benz concept of 'Intelligent Drive' at the highest level.
Some developments take place gradually. Such as the development of autonomous and accident-free driving. Partial functions have long since made it to series production. For example, the Distance Pilot DISTRONIC already provides functionalities of semi-automated driving.
In concert with the Steering Pilot, it keeps the E-Class in its lane even at speeds of up to 210 km/h. This relieves the driver because he/she no longer has to intervene in standard driving by braking or accelerating and receives significant steering assistance – even in curves.
On the road to autonomous driving.
The E-Class takes it another major step further: Active Lane Change Assist celebrates its début. It is one of the impressive innovations of DRIVE PILOT and thus a component of the optional expanded driving assistance package.
Active Lane Change Assist helps in traffic.
Active Lane Change Assist supports the driver in changing lanes, for example during overtaking on multi-lane roads. As soon as the driver activates the turn indicators for at least two seconds to change lanes, it helps him/her to steer into the desired adjacent lane if it is identified as unoccupied. The driver only monitors the lane change. It does not matter whether the driver wants to return to the slow lane or wants to change to the fast lane for overtaking.
Autonomous driving in the US state of Nevada.
This function for semi-autonomous driving puts Mercedes-Benz in the lead ahead of the competition. And the engineers go even further: the E-Class is the world’s first production vehicle to receive the testing licence for autonomous driving in the US state of Nevada, where it covers many test miles under everyday conditions and collects important information for the driving of the future. Mercedes-Benz is taking another step towards realising its important vision of accident-free driving with these tests as well.
Future needs a past.
There is no future without a past. From day one, Mercedes-Benz and the predecessor brands have repeatedly proven their innovation capacity and technology leadership. In so doing, they have pushed boundaries. And what maybe is even much more important: the customers have always had full confidence in the offered systems. New technologies can only become part of daily routine on the basis of this confidence and develop their advantages as a result.
Intelligent Drive and Intelligent Protect in the Mercedes-Benz E-Class.
For sure: autonomous driving requires huge confidence. For the first time in the history of the automobile, the driver will fully give up control of the steering wheel. But the E-Class is also destined for the future in this regard. Mercedes-Benz Intelligent Drive in the literal sense familiarises the driver with entirely new technical possibilities.
The future never ends.
It enables the human being at the wheel to personally drive a little bit towards the future – on the basis of the knowledge and experience from more than 130 years of technology and innovation history, as only the inventor of the automobile can have. Mercedes-Benz writes the next chapter in this story with every new vehicle: the future never ends.