The Mercedes-Benz “Intelligent Drive” philosophy.
A revolution in mobility.
At Mercedes-Benz “Intelligent Drive” stands for the networking of systems, sensors and algorithms for enhanced comfort and safety. The drive system also benefits from the increasing level of intelligence on-board the vehicle. Following the Mercedes-Benz S-Class PLUG-IN HYBRID, the new Mercedes-Benz C 350 e provides a further example of dynamism and efficiency combined in impressive guise. The anticipatory operating strategy opens up a new dimension in driving. What “Intelligent Drive” will be like in the future is shown by the F 015 Luxury in Motion research vehicle, a pioneer of the mobility revolution of tomorrow.
S 500 PLUG-IN HYBRID:
Fuel consumption combined: 2.8 l/100 km;
combined CO₂ emissions: 65 g/km;
Electr. energy consumption NEDC acc. to ECE-R101:
13.5 kWh/100 km.*
C 350 e:
Fuel consumption combined: 2.4-2.1 l/100 km;
combined CO₂ emissions: 55-48 g/km;
Electr. energy consumption NEDC acc. to ECE-R101:
11 kWh/100 km.*
Intelligent operating strategy.
Numerous new systems and sensors make Mercedes-Benz vehicles even more comfortable, safer and at the same time more efficient and dynamic – because the intelligent operating strategy of the new plug-in hybrids automatically controls the ideal interaction of internal combustion engine and electric motor in the background. The strategy not only adapts to the battery’s charge status, but also anticipates the course of the road and the traffic situation. To do this it employs improved environment sensors with multi-stage radar sensors and further-developed cameras. Intelligent innovations such as the so-called haptic accelerator pedal additionally help the driver to save fuel in certain driving situations.
Strategic hybrid initiative.
“Today already, every Mercedes-Benz incorporates a great deal of intelligence. The anticipatory operating strategy, for example, has made possible noticeable improvements in the efficiency of plug-in hybrids,” says Professor Herbert Kohler, Head of Group Research & Sustainability at Daimler. In the run-up to 2017 Mercedes-Benz is to bring out a total of ten plug-in hybrid models, thus one new model with high-tech hybrid drive every four months on average. Following the successful launch of the S 500 PLUG-IN HYBRID, this month will see the C 350 e, the second model to feature the progressive drive concept, find its way to dealerships. And what might happen next with the strategic hybrid initiative has just been demonstrated by the Concept V-ision e study at the Geneva Motor Show. The plug-in hybrid system is based on the company’s parallel hybrid modular system.
The common system-specific feature is the additional clutch integrated between the internal combustion engine and the electric motor. On the one hand this decouples the internal combustion engine when driving exclusively under electric power, while on the other hand it allows the vehicle to use the internal combustion engine to move off, drawing on the performance of a wet starting clutch.
“Intelligent Drive” today…
Thanks to “Intelligent Drive”, vehicles from Mercedes-Benz are already able to detect many hazardous situations in road traffic and react as the situation demands. COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST is on board as standard from the A- to the S-Class, for example. This radar-based assistance system warns the driver if a risk of collision should arise. And the further-developed COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS system, becoming available for all Mercedes-Benz models, is even able to carry out autonomous braking: if the driver fails to act when a risk of collision is detected, despite the warning lamp in the instrument cluster and the intermittent audible alert, the system will automatically trigger braking. In addition, many current Mercedes-Benz models from the C-Class through to the S-Class can drive semi-autonomously on public roads today, equipped with features such as for example DISTRONIC PLUS with Steering Assist and the Stop&Go Pilot for semi-autonomous traffic jam following. Active Parking Assist with PARKTRONIC allows automated parking with active steering and brake control in both parallel and end-on spaces.
With its autonomous-drive research vehicle F 015 Luxury in Motion, Mercedes-Benz provides an idea of what form “Intelligent Drive” might take in the future. The car’s role is evolving from a mere means of transport towards that of a comfortable retreat, too. However, drivers can choose at any time whether they wish to drive themselves, with support of intelligent systems or whether the car is to take them to their destination in autonomous mode. Six high-resolution displays are harmoniously installed along the interior, in the dashboard, the back and sides of the car. The passengers are able to interact with the F 015 by means of eye-tracking, gesture control or touching the screens. They can call up information about their current surroundings, use the entertainment system, hold a video conference or bring virtual worlds into the car. The primary feature of the innovative interior concept is the variable seating system, with four swivelling lounge chairs.
Through the face-to-face configuration all passengers are able to communicate easily with each other and enjoy the mobile living space during the journey. Time spent in the car thus acquires a totally new quality – thanks to the freedom to concern oneself with matters other than steering, accelerating and braking.