The safety systems newly developed for the Mercedes Benz E-Class are based on accident research findings; they can make a valuable contribution to enabling safe, accident-free driving, improving vehicle occupant protection and, moreover, helping to increase the safety of other road users. Based on highly sensitive sensors, cameras and radar systems, they turn this two-door model into an 'intelligent partner' able to see, feel and react reflexively in critical situations and, if necessary, act independently if the danger of an accident is acute.
Mercedes experts have developed the ATTENTION ASSIST system which forms part of the standard equipment of the new Mercedes Benz E-Class Coupe. As the vehicle is being driven, the system continuously evaluates more than 70 different parameters in order to identify driver drowsiness and provide a warning before the dangerous microsleep phase begins.
Also fitted as standard is the PRE-SAFE anticipatory occupant protection. If there is immediate danger of an accident occurring, the system activates protective measures for the driver and front passenger as a precaution so that the seat belts and airbags can provide their full protective effect on impact. This warning of an impending accident is possible because PRE-SAFE uses the sensors of the Brake Assist system and the Electronic Stability Program to identify potentially critical dynamic handling situations.
The headlamps adjust continuously to the current driving situation and react automatically to offer the driver the best possible degree of road illumination at all times. This task is taken care of by the Adaptive Main Beam Assist function: a camera fitted on the inside of the windscreen allows the system to detect oncoming vehicles/vehicles in front and automatically controls the headlamps to prevent the other road users from being dazzled. Adaptive Main Beam Assist is based on the bi-xenon headlamps, which Mercedes Benz offers in combination with LED daytime driving lights. This is standard on the Sport and optional on the SE.Published 17 February 2009