2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK will introduce new safety standards for convertible sports car

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 23, 2010

Those who have been eagerly awaiting the 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK to be displayed at the Los Angeles Auto Show were sorely disappointed when they didn’t get a glimpse of the drop-top convertible.

Mercedes is not yet done teasing the new car, which will boast several advanced safety features. A major element of the modern Mercedes-Benz vehicles is active safety, offered in part through advanced systems in its current portfolio.

This new third-generation SLK will feature Attention Assist, which was first seen on the 2010 E-Class. This helps prevent drowsy driving.

Driver behaviors are studied for 20 to 30 minutes to determine the driver’s normal movements. As a result, the system can identify a maneuver caused by a driver who nods off behind the wheel. So that the driver will remain alert, audible and visual alerts will be triggered.

The 2012 SLK will also feature Mercedes-Benz's Adaptive Brake System, which can function as a hill-start aid but it can also apply light brake pad application when the driver suddenly lifts off the throttle.

If the driver has to slam on the brakes for an emergency maneuver, this action lessens the time required to trigger maximum stopping power. In wet conditions, a similar process is activated to enable the car to keep its brake pads and rotors dry for optimum performance.

The carmaker claims that this model features the best safety equipment, optional proximity monitoring and pre-braking systems. The radar-based system also notifies the driver when the gap narrows between the driver's car and a vehicle in front.

If the driver doesn’t respond, brake pressure is automatically applied to adjust that gap. Or if necessary, the car will be brought to a complete stop. Mercedes' Parktronic system provides sensors on the front and rear bumpers to detect objects but it also has the ability to measure the length of parallel parking spots as the car drives past. In addition, it gives maneuvering instructions for parking.

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