On the radar screen: recognising risks automatically.
Prepared for the unexpected.
5 p.m. Rush hour. Heavy city traffic. Cars, vans, buses and motorbikes are filtering on to the main road. Drivers wanting to turn left have to get in the correct lane before the intersection, and one road user wants to park on the right. There is a big danger of assessing speeds wrongly or even overlooking another road user. That is why the driver keeps a watchful eye on the traffic. But unfortunately the driver does not see the cyclist who has used the footpath as a shortcut and makes the mistake of crossing the road quickly after the lights have just turned red.
Even an experienced driver could then easily have an accident with potentially dramatic consequences.
Recognising imminent collisions.
In many Mercedes-Benz vehicles, the assistance system BAS PLUS with Cross-Traffic Assist is activated within a split second. With the aid of its stereo camera and radar sensors, it not only monitors the traffic – it can also independently detect an imminent collision with crossing vehicles, cyclists or pedestrians. BAS PLUS with Cross-Traffic Assist prepares the driver and vehicle for emergency braking. If a vehicle has to stop immediately, the best braking power is automatically available. Many accidents at intersections can be prevented in this way.
If a collision is no longer avoidable, the accident is less severe. Mercedes-Benz BAS Plus Brake Assist with Cross-Traffic Assist is available for the Mercedes-Benz C-, E- and S-Class and also the CLS, GLE and GLC.
Intelligently supported driving.
“Here at Mercedes-Benz we have three major aims: first, emission-free driving. Second, accident-free driving. And third, autonomous driving”, says Professor Thomas Weber, member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, and responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development. Just like BAS PLUS Brake Assist with Cross-Traffic Assist, the Mercedes-Benz PRE-SAFE® Brake with pedestrian detection marks the future of intelligently supported driving.
PRE-SAFE® Brake with pedestrian detection.
In recent years, the PRE-SAFE® Brake with pedestrian detection has been extended with further intelligent functions. A stereo camera and a combination of long, medium and short-range radar monitor the area in front of the vehicle. If there are pedestrians or vehicles, or any objects lying in the road or at its edge, this is detected as a possible risk.
PRE-SAFE® Brake with pedestrian detection, which is available for the C-, S- and E-Class and also for the CLS, GLE and GLC, is then activated and prepares to protect people inside or outside the vehicle from a possible accident.
City traffic, solid rows of parked cars on the left and right of the road. Some vans are double-parked. Suddenly a vehicle comes shooting out of a parking space. Or – even worse – young people engrossed in their smartphones walk on to the road. In situations like this the Mercedes-Benz PRE-SAFE® Brake with pedestrian detection reacts instantaneously and far faster than any human could. The driver immediately receives a visual and acoustic warning. If necessary, the system brakes the car autonomously. At the same time, the PRE-SAFE® system protects the occupants: belts are tightened and, depending on the equipment, seats are set more upright, for example. This means that not only can accidents with pedestrians at speeds of up to 50 km/h be avoided, or at least the effects considerably reduced: the driver and passengers are much better protected too.
“With developments at Mercedes-Benz that will eventually lead to autonomous driving, our achievement will be that the times when less emotional stretches are being driven can then be used better and more safely. After all, driving is mainly fun when the roads are clear”, explains Thomas Weber, member of the Daimler Board.