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Mercedes-Benz provides closer look at its Intelligence Drive System

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January 30, 2013

The Mercedes-Benz BAS PLUS system, which is part of the company's new Intelligent Drive Sy...

The Mercedes-Benz BAS PLUS system, which is part of the company's new Intelligent Drive System

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When we looked at the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class last year, one of the highlights was the vehicle's “Intelligent Drive System.” This assisted driving system is designed to avoid or mitigate collisions through a suite of sensors and computer-assisted steering and braking. The company has now released four videos that explain how each feature works.

BAS PLUS

The Brake Assist system BAS PLUS with Cross-Traffic Assist uses stereo cameras and long and medium range radar to monitor cross traffic and pedestrians. If the car’s computer detects a risk of collision, it boosts the braking power applied by the driver until it’s sufficient to prevent an accident or reduce the amount of damage.

DISTRONIC PLUS

DISTRONIC PLUS with Steering Assist is designed to help the driver stay in the proper lane. Its adaptive cruise control maintains the car’s distance from the vehicle in front at speeds of up to 200 km/h (124 mph). Cameras also identify lane markings, which the car’s computer can follow. It can even prevent the car from overtaking on the right (for countries that drive on the right).

Active Lane Keeping Assistance

Kicking in a speeds over 60 km/h (37 mph), Active Lane Keeping Assist uses long and short range radar to monitor traffic on all sides of the car. If the car starts to drift out of its lane or the driver tries to change lanes into one that is occupied, the system sounds a warning and makes the steering wheel vibrate. It then applies the brakes on the opposite wheels to steer the vehicle back into its lane. The system can also recognize broken and solid line markings.

PRE-SAFE

The PRE-SAFE Brake is a comprehensive safety system that Mercedes says can detect pedestrians and brake autonomously to avoid collisions completely when traveling at speeds of over 50 km/h (31 mph) or significantly reduce damage when moving at speeds of up to 72 km/h (45 mph). The system also automatically tightens the front seat belts, adjusts the front head restraints and passenger seat, and can even close the windows and sunroof.

Source: Mercedes-Benz USA via Motorward

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6 Comments

If Mercedes is a religion I would.... ( never mind)....If I go to heaven I would be certainly be driven a Mercedes

waleed Al Gharabally
31st January, 2013 @ 01:30 am PST

I want that right now in my car!

DaveBG
31st January, 2013 @ 04:18 am PST

There are some very good aspects to this technology but drivers beware.

The likelihood is that a driver transferring OUT of his/her regular Mercedes (e.g. to another family vehicle) might be LESS able to avoid accidents having come to rely on these superior features.

If anyone doubts this, consider how many times you have been saved by your anti-lock braking system recently.

Alien
31st January, 2013 @ 07:57 am PST

License for other car makes & earn more revenue, Benz.Must for all cars, trucks.

Stephen N Russell
31st January, 2013 @ 06:24 pm PST

It seems to be a more sophisticated version of the wonderful pre-collision system on our Lexus 600hL. I doubt if there would be any confusion when switching from car to car. The system merely enhances your natural reaction to an impending collision. Even when it does "take over", If I were to keep my feet flat on the floor shame on me anyway regardless of the cars response.

Bruce Williams
2nd February, 2013 @ 07:54 am PST

I hate to burst bubbles but the 2006 Infiniti M45 sport and later had most all the above features back then and they worked flawlessly.........Mercedes is Johnny come Lately on this.

Wavmakr
2nd February, 2013 @ 02:58 pm PST
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