The next generation Mercedes Benz S-Class will be the most technical advance S-Class to date, when it is premiered in 2013.
Mercedes-Benz's Intelligent Drive is all about integrating the new S-Class's passive and active safety technology into one seamless all-seeing package.
Mercedes will be introducing 360-degree all-round vision to prevent and predict accidents, not only does it monitor what is in front of the car – it can see what threats there are which might be out of the eye-line of the driver and apply the brakes accordingly to prevent an accident, especially at road junctions.
It will also feature an enhanced safety and assistance technology all working in unison.
DISTRONIC PLUS with Steering Assist helps the driver to guide the vehicle in its lane and can even follow the vehicle in front in slow-moving traffic automatically.
Brake Assist system BAS PLUS with Cross-Traffic Assist is able to detect cross traffic and also pedestrians, and if necessary boost the braking power applied by the driver accordingly.
PRE-SAFE Brake can detect pedestrians and initiate autonomous braking to avoid a collision at speeds up to 62 mph.
PRE-SAFE PLUS can recognise an imminent rear-end collision, prompting the PRE-SAFE system to trigger occupant protection measures. It can also firmly apply the stationary vehicle's brakes in the event of a rear-end collision to prevent secondary accidents.
With PRE-SAFE Impulse, the driver and front passenger are pulled away from the direction of impact by their seat belts at an early phase of the crash before the resulting occupant deceleration starts to increase. This can substantially reduce the risk and severity of injuries in a frontal collision.
Active Lane Keeping Assist can detect oncoming traffic and when the adjacent lane is not clear, and prevent the vehicle from leaving its lane unintentionally by applying the brakes on one side.
Adaptive Highbeam Assist PLUS allows the main-beam headlamps to be kept on permanently without dazzling traffic by masking out other vehicles in the beams' cone of light.
Night View Assist PLUS can alert the driver to the potential danger posed by pedestrians or animals in unlit areas in front of the vehicle by automatically switching from the speedometer display to a crystal-sharp night view image and highlighting the source of danger. A spotlight function is furthermore able to flash at pedestrians detected ahead.
ATTENTION ASSIST can warn of inattentiveness and drowsiness in an extended speed range and notify the driver of their current state of fatigue and the driving time since the last break, as well as offering an adjustable sensitivity setting.
The new S-Class will also be the first car not to feature a single light bulb instead using LED technology for all of it lighting requirements from the headlights to the glove compartment. Clever features include the ability to vary the intensity of the brake lights at night-time or whilst waiting at traffic lights. Where LED headlights have the ability to reach near daytime light temperatures which are more restful on the eye.Published 20 November 2012