3 Ways Mercedes-Benz is Paving the Way Toward Autonomous Driving

January 29th, 2016 by

Few automakers are making gigantic leaps into the future quite like Mercedes-Benz. The brand’s next-generation E-Class is set to feature a major steering wheel update that allows the wheel to move on its own when necessary in order to avoid accidents. While this isn’t exactly autonomous driving yet, it is setting the stage for futuristic technologies that may be implemented in Mercedes-Benz vehicles sooner than we might think.

2017 E-Class, the Closest We’ve Ever Gotten to an Autonomous Vehicle

Autonomous driving by definition is when a vehicle is capable of sensing its environment and making navigational adjustments without human input. One of the major options on the 2017 E-Class is a Driving Assistance Package, which includes a lot of impressive features. In addition to the innovative Evasive Steering Assist, this package will offer Active Blind Spot Assist, Active Brake Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, and autonomous emergency braking.

The new Driving Assistance Package Plus adds Pre-Safe Impulse Side, a system that moves front-seat occupants away from a lateral collision danger zone. This is an upgrade from the automaker’s Pre-Safe technology, and it requires a lot of high-speed computing in order to properly deploy air bags in such a way that protects you from the impact area

The Next-Gen E-Class Uses a Futuristic Communication System

Brand new E-Class vehicles will feature Car-to-X Communication, which is an innovative car-to-car networking system that warns drivers of unseen dangers. For example, if there is a traffic jam, your E-Class car will communicate with other equipped vehicles in the vicinity to warn them of impending dangers. This type of system will also work with emergency response vehicles, so if an ambulance is approaching you from behind, your car will let you know it’s time to get out of the way before you even see it in your rearview mirror.

The Car-to-X Communication system is compatible with other vehicle makes, which should encourage other automakers to begin utilizing this important technology. This is just one way Mercedes-Benz is paving the way toward a more accident-free future for everyone.

Remote Parking Is Here, and It’s Amazing

As if these high-tech features weren’t enough, the new E-Class features Remote Parking Pilot. This is a remote-control system that allows you to remote park your car from outside the vehicle via your smartphone. The system was designed to assist drivers who deal with the nightmare of having to park in tight spaces that make it impossible to open the door and get in and out, or in narrow garages that could threaten to scratch up your paintwork. It’s simply one more window Mercedes-Benz has offered drivers into the future, and it’s already here in a 2017 E-Class powerhouse.

Autonomous driving systems are one area Mercedes-Benz has insisted on working to gain an edge over the competition. The automaker has tested the limits of current regulations flawlessly, marrying the essential requirement that drivers be in control of their vehicles at all times with the forward-thinking self-driving systems that make life behind the wheel safer and more convenient than ever.

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