But in city centres too, its all-round cameras and sensors can help to avoid accidents. For example, the E-Class will brake for pedestrians or crossing traffic, and its Evasive Steering Assist will kick in to avoid an imminent collision once it has been triggered by the driver’s steering input.
Thanks to full connectivity via car-to-X communication, the E-Class will be able to inform other road users of danger spots, accidents and impending tailbacks. It is the only car, in Europe at least, that can do this at the present time. Initially, the E-Class will communicate, via a central Daimler server, only with other Mercedes models but competitors’ vehicles are to be brought on board as well in the coming years. The more cars that can communicate with other in this way, the better it will be.
On leaving the endlessly long Interstate 15 not far from the bright lights of Las Vegas, the high level of comfort offered by the Mercedes E 300 is again apparent. Despite the poor road surface, the car rolls along quietly and, although it is only a prototype, vibrations are hardly felt inside. Arriving at our destination, it is clear that the comfort and convenience of the E-Class doesn’t end with the drive. The stress is even taken out of parking. At the car park, which happens to be particularly tight, our vehicle is manoeuvred into the space and subsequently locked – all using a smartphone. We stand by and watch in amazement.