2011 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class debuts Active Lane Keeping Assist and Active Blind Spot Assist

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2010

As you may know already Mercedes-Benz unveiled the new 2011 CL-Class Facelift few weeks ago and made quite a buzz. What you didn't know is that the new car will boast two new safety features based on state-of-the-art radar, camera and sensor technology. Dubbed Active Lane Keeping Assist and Active Blind Spot Assist, the new technologies will help drivers avoid danger through corrective braking.

The 2011 CL-Class which will make its debut in fall 2010, will also introduce new features such as ATTENTION ASSIST, PRE-SAFE Brake with automatic emergency braking, and Night View Assist PLUS with Pedestrian Detection.

Regarding the Active Lane Keeping Assist, for those who don't know what this system does for the driver we will explain it a little here: using a multi-purpose camera mounted in the windshield and a computer that analyzes the images, Active Lane Keeping Assist recognizes lane markings and alerts the driver by simulating rumble strip vibrations in the steering wheel (via an electric motor) if the car drifts from its lane unintentionally.

If the driver fails to react, the car automatically brakes the wheels on the opposite side of the car, in order to stay on in its lane.

Active Lane Keeping Assist makes use of the existing ESP (Electronic Stability Program) system to apply the brakes and maintain vehicle control. The Active Blind Spot Assist is the second innovation on the 2011 CL-Class, monitors both blind spots alongside the vehicle using close-range radar sensors.

When a vehicle is detected, then a yellow warning triangle is illuminated in the corresponding side-view mirror. If the driver fails to react and activates the turn indicator, the warning triangle changes to red and an audible warning also sounds. Still, if the driver doesn't react, then the car activates corrective braking intervention to the wheels of the opposite side of the vehicle

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