2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class safety features demonstration
The all-new Mercedes-Benz E-Class made its debut in the GCC, with the German manufacturer calling it their most intelligent car yet. While we have yet to get proper wheel-time with it, Mercedes-Benz is keen to point out that their ‘smart car’ has a whole host of new active safety features. We got chaperoned around at an event to experience some of the safety features which are part of the optional Driving Assistance Packing available in the 2017 E-Class.
The Active Brake Assist with cross-traffic function feature basically starts braking itself, if needed to a complete stop, once the sensors detect a car or pedestrian in a stationary position in its path. The system can detect crossing traffic at junctions and, if the driver fails to respond, apply the brakes automatically. It can also detect hazardous situations at the tail end of traffic jams where there is no room to manoeuvre and initiate autonomous braking far sooner in such situations.
We also had a demonstration of the Evasive Steering Assist functionality which complements the pedestrian detection function of the Active Brake Assist system. If the driver initiates an evasive manoeuvre in a hazardous situation, this function supports the movement of the steering wheel. This helps the driver avoid the pedestrian in a controlled manner while also aids the straightening-up of the vehicle to avoid hitting objects on the side of the roads head-on.
While we only saw these systems in action from the back seat as we were driven around by an instructor, it looks like Mercedes-Benz has worked on existing safety features further to add more enhanced features. It remains to be seen how these systems behave on public roads, but they are interesting developments nonetheless.
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