Intelligent Drive next Level as part of Driving Assistance package.
Semi-automated driving, stress relief, autonomous braking.
Semi-automated driving on freeways, highways and even in city traffic, autonomous braking where required in hazardous situations and active assistance with evasive manoeuvres – these are just some of the functions of the new and extended Intelligent Drive Driving Assistance package from Mercedes-Benz. The goal is to achieve more comfort and less stress by reducing the pressure on the driver, combined with greater safety for all road users.
Automatically maintaining the correct distance.
The Intelligent Drive next Level assistance system not only provides a Distance Pilot DISTRONIC function – automatically maintaining the correct distance to vehicles in front – it can also follow traffic ahead in its lane at speeds of up to 200 km/h. The system utilizes a further-developed multi-purpose stereo camera and new radar sensors around the vehicle to detect and orientate itself on road markings, the vehicle in front and also its surroundings. At speeds up to 130 km/h, the Steering Pilot function is not necessarily dependent on clearly visible lane markings as it can also intervene actively if the lines on the road are unclear, as is often the case at road works, or even if there are no lines on the road at all.
Comfort is enhanced by the Speed Limit Pilot sub-function that can be activated in conjunction with COMAND Online. It can autonomously adjust the vehicle’s speed in response to camera-detected speed limits or speed limits logged in the navigation system.
Autonomous braking in dangerous situations.
Exceptional assistance is offered by the new Active Brake Assist with extended functionality. Its job is to warn the driver of imminent crash situations, to optimally assist them during emergency braking and, if necessary, also to initiate automatic autonomous braking. Active Brake Assist likewise uses the radar sensors installed in the vehicle as well as the stereo multi-purpose camera. These enable it to detect whether the vehicle in front is slowing down, stopping or is stationary. If the system detects a risk of collision and the driver fails to respond to a collision warning or is late responding, the system automatically initiates autonomous braking. The Cross-Traffic Function of Active Brake Assist also detects crossing traffic and pedestrians in the danger area in front of the vehicle. Also in these cases, Active Brake Assist first warns the driver if there is a risk of collision, providing assistance if the driver fails to brake hard enough.
Controlled avoidance for more safety.
The intelligent functions of the Driving Assistance package from Mercedes-Benz also include Evasive Steering Assist. This can help the driver to avoid a pedestrian detected by the assistance system. If the driver initiates an evasive manoeuvre by turning the steering wheel, the system provides assistance by adding precisely calculated steering torque to support the movement of the steering wheel. This helps the driver to avoid the pedestrian in a controlled manner while subsequently facilitating the straightening-up of the vehicle in order to pass safely.
Proven assistance systems are further developed.
The intelligent assistance systems in the new Driving Assistance package from Mercedes-Benz also include proven systems that have been further developed in terms of their mode of operation and the sensors they use. Active Lane Keeping Assist can help stop the driver from unintentionally changing lane.
Active Blind Spot Assist can warn of the risk of a lateral collision and likewise correctively intervene at the last moment to prevent a collision. PRE-SAFE® PLUS can protect against collisions with traffic following behind.