Mercedes-Benz has always been a pioneer in introducing vehicle safety systems on passenger cars, with the marriage of active and passive systems occurring about 10 years ago with what Mercedes called the PRE-SAFE system.
As everyone is aware, the march of technology has been very rapid, and the upcoming systems in the replacement S-Class will seem like the stuff of science fiction if a person from the 1960s were reading about it. With the S-Class’ premiere next year, Mercedes-Benz will be introducing technologies like DISTRONIC PLUS, BAS PLUS, Cross-Traffic Assist, PRE-SAFE PLUS, Night View Assist, ATTENTION ASSIST and PRE-SAFE PLUS.
As Prof. Dr. Thomas Weber, the Daimler Board Member for Group Research and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars Development explains, “The intelligent assistance systems of the future will be able to analyse complex situations and recognise potential dangers out on the road with the aid of improved environment sensor systems even more accurately than today. Figuratively speaking, the next S-Class won’t just have eyes at the front; it will have 360-degree all-round vision.”
Vital in this regard will be the networking of all systems, not just in the car itself but with others cars as well. Eventually, embedded systems in road networks will also form part of the sensor suite that will enhance the capabilities of connected cars. By then, Mercedes-Benz will already be researching even newer technologies to improve vehicle and road safety.