Mercedes-Benz will be arming its new vehicles bound to be launched this year with an impressive arsenal of safety and convenience technology dubbed Intelligent Drive. Consumers will experience the Intelligent Drive first this May in the freshened E class, as Mercedes’ new vehicle could automatically keep a car remain in a traffic lane or monitor driver alertness and suggest where he could take a break.
The redesigned S-class flagship that will be rolled out in late September will bear more Intelligent Drive features. Mercedes’ new entry-level CLA car that is due in September will sport as standard equipment Collision Prevention Assist, which provides warning of a possible crash and boost braking to avoid it.
Bart Herring, Mercedes' top US product planner, told Automotive News that Intelligent Drive is an umbrella term for 36 separate technologies and 11 new or updated ones. He said that Intelligent Drive is “something that differentiates the Mercedes brand."
Intelligent Drive connects to all the sensors and controls in a Mercedes vehicle -- from short- medium- and long-range radar to stereo cameras -- and uses software to assimilate them into new convenience and safety features. For instance, an updated Attention Assist is now connected to the car's navigation system and has an automatic "sensitive" mode when it senses the driver is getting tired.
Using navigation system data, Attention Assist might suggest a stop at an exit that has the driver's favorite coffee shop. Through Intelligent Drive, Mercedes offers two levels of braking assistance. The initial level offers a warning, but requires the driver to touch the brake pedal before the system assist. The higher level will automatically brake to a stop if it detects a pedestrian or obstruction, even if the driver chose to ignore the warning.