The New Mercedes-Benz S-Class: The Automotive Benchmark in Efficiency and Intelligent Driving

May 26, 2017

Mercedes-Benz’s new S-Class is taking comfort and innovation to the next level this year. And with the new driving assistance generation, autonomous driving is becoming even more tangible.

Boasting several new engines, including the in-line six cylinders, as well as the new V-8 biturbo petrol engine, Mercedes-Benz’ latest innovation is another significant step towards autonomous driving. With a bigger focus on comfort, more than ever before, the Mercedes-Benz team has kept customers top-of-mind in these developments, allowing the driver to be in complete control over interior climate, ambient lighting, massage, and fragrancing functions – from anywhere in the car (including passenger seats).

This top-of-the-range model from Mercedes-Benz also elevates Intelligent Drive to the next level. The scope of automated driving functions has been expanded in line with practical needs and now provides further enhanced, tangible customer benefits on virtually any kind of road.

With classic adaptive cruise control, a radar works at the front of the vehicle to measure your distance to cars ahead.

Lucas Bolster, Test Engineer, Intelligent Drive at MBRDNA explains that “with the new S-Class’ use of map curvatures, we can calculate the correct speed to go through any curve, not just in a straight line ahead. This brings DISTRONIC to roads where we’ve never seen it before: on- and off-ramps, rural roads, and intersections.

The Intelligent Drive team, based in Long Beach, CA, runs validations to ensure safe driver assistance system performance in all Mercedes-Benz vehicles, including the new S-Class. In addition to conducting these safety tests, the team contributed to the development of DISTRONIC’s curve speed adaption function by providing input on the braking, speed, and acceleration tuning, to ensure it is approachable and enjoyed by all North American drivers.

The driver is also able to see at a glance which assistance functions have been selected, and to which situations the systems are reacting at present. Clearly understood icons – e.g. a steering wheel with hands on both sides – give information both on the screen and in the head-up display – allowing all functionality to be controlled from the steering wheel.

Thanks to enhanced camera and radar systems, the new S-Class has an even better view of the traffic situation, and for the first time, making use of map and navigation data to calculate driving behavior. With every Mercedes-Benz launch, they constantly bring themselves – and the industry – up to speed through technology updates.

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While meticulous design details and modern luxury are integral to the new S-Class, Mercedes-Benz also brings an entirely new perspective on in-car wellness and functionality to revolutionize customers’ mood and needs.

Always prioritizing customers’ comfort alongside driver assistance technology, the brand is truly paving the way for a smart, comfortable, and autonomous travel experiences.

Learn more about the new S-Class here, and see the latest coverage on Engadget here.

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