Collision-avoidance technology becoming more popular among carmakers

Article by Christian A., on April 12, 2012

The advances in collision-avoidance technology haven’t entered the mass market yet but it’s sure to be headed there, judging by the response that the new 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class got when it was unveiled at the New York Auto Show. The crossover was equipped with radar-based Collision Prevention Assist, which runs at speeds of 20 to 155 mph. This feature, which is most often known as active cruise control, gauges the distances to the vehicles in front.

It applies the brakes when necessary to avoid collisions. Then there’s the surround-view camera, which utilizes data from four cameras in the front and rear to form a bird's-eye view of what surrounds the vehicle on the center-stack screen. With surround view, drivers can avoid low-speed accidents in city driving. Furthermore, crosswind stabilization applies brakes to stabilize the vehicle when there are strong crosswinds. Then there’s active parking assist, which steers the vehicle out of a parallel parking spot. The niche that highlights collision avoidance is clearly dominated by major suppliers that have well-funded research labs like Bosch, Continental AG, Denso, TRW, Autoliv and several other more companies.

The Mercedes-Benz GL-Class can immediately be recognised as a typical Mercedes-Benz SUV. The first generation is newly interpreted to be impressive with marked active strength and sporty grace. The front’s main feature design is the GL's characteristic upright radiator grille with central star and the clear, quality designed headlamps, the new signature for the Mercedes-Benz LED. Specifically, the standard Intelligent Light System headlamps on the GL 500 4MATIC BlueEFFICIENCY impresses with its quality, exclusivity, and innovation.

The difference is in the light wave conductor used in the position lights, the LED technology indicators, and the practical Night View Assist PLUS, an available option. The day running lamps also use LED technology that is integrated in the bumper’s chrome clasp and beneath the radiator grille. The large chrome underbody panel completes self-confidence in the front’s appearance. The side view (length 5120 mm, height 1850 mm) and the wheelbase (3075 mm) are well proportioned, and yet it has a short body overhanging the front and back with the model’s amazing ground clearance.

This all indicates its off-road suitability. The rear has two-piece LED rear lamps featuring light wave conductor technology, a large roof spoiler, the modern wing-designed bumper, and an underbody with a large chrome area creates a look befitting the luxury status of this full-sized SUV. This is the first time an extensive AMG exterior sport package is available for GL customers who believe it is more and more important for their car to appear sporty and dynamic.

Innate safety protections all around for every passenger

The passive protection system provides the greatest potential protection for passengers, along with the "electronic crumple zone" from assistant systems and intelligent-body construction. Flexible two-stage driver and front passenger airbags, driver-side knee bags, driver and front passenger sidebags (combined thorax/pelvis bags), and window bags for all three seat rows are standard.

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