Next Level Intelligent Drive.

  • 15. March 2017
  • Autonomous Driving
  • Photo: Daimler

A further step towards autonomous driving. Mercedes-Benz equips the new S-Class with considerably extended driving assistance systems.

With new and considerably extended driving assistance functions, the new S-Class will this autumn be taking a further, major step towards autonomous driving. Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC and Active Steering Assist now support the driver even more conveniently in keeping a safe distance and steering, and the vehicle speed is now also automatically adjusted in bends and at road junctions. Also on board are Active Emergency Stop Assist and a considerably improved Active Lane Change Assist.

“The new S-Class raises Mercedes-Benz Intelligent Drive to the next level,” says Dr Michael Hafner, Head of Automated Driving and Active Safety at Mercedes‑Benz. “We are approaching the goal of automated driving more purposefully and faster than many people suspect. From the autumn, the new S‑Class will be able to support its driver considerably better than all systems which have been available to date.”


The new S-Class has an even better view of the traffic situation: improved camera and radar systems will allow it to look up to 250 m ahead in future. It also uses a substantially broader scope of map and navigation data. The new or even more convenient functions include:


·       Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC, which is able to assist the driver in many situations on a route-specific basis and comfortably adjust the vehicle speed.

·        Active Speed Limit Assist, which adapts the vehicle’s speed to identified speed limits automatically in conjunction with COMAND Online.

·       Active Steering Assist has been noticeably improved across its entire performance spectrum, resulting in markedly enhanced customer benefits.

·       Active Lane Change Assist assists the driver in a convenient and cooperative manner.

·       Active Emergency Stop Assist brakes the vehicle to a standstill in its lane if it detects that the driver is no longer actively driving the vehicle while it is on the move with Active Steering Assist switched on.

·       Following vehicles in a tailback has become markedly more comfortable once again: in stop-and-go traffic on motorways and similar roads, stops of up to 30 seconds are now possible, within which the S‑Class automatically moves off and follows the traffic ahead.

·       Remote Parking Assist enables the driver to manoeuvre the vehicle into tight parking spaces or garages by smartphone, so as to facilitate entering and alighting from the vehicle.

' From the autumn, the new S Class will be able to support its driver considerably better than all systems which have been available to date. '

Michael Hafner, Head of Automated Driving and Active Safety at Mercedes-Benz

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