Folks, you heard that right! The 2017 Mercedes E-Class will be equipped with safety wonders that won’t let you or others go to heaven so easily. The automaker has loaded its upcoming next generation E-Class with a tonne of safety features that will set it apart from its rivals. These kinds of tech are normally expected in higher range vehicles, but the German car maker has plans to break that barrier with the next generation E-Class.
To begin with, the 2017 Mercedes E-Class will come with a completely revised exterior adopting the genes of the new S-Class that also made to the new generation C-Class. The car has been given a nice touch by making the front end similar to the S class. The newly headlights get 84 individual LED lights to cover the maximum surface possible with ease. The tail lights will have variable-intensity brake and indicator units that prevent dazzling of the driver at the back. The design here too takes inspiration from the S-Class.
Talking about the safety, the next generation Mercedes E-Class will get a new “Driver Assistance Package” that will add the slew of new features including semi-automated driving on freeways, highways and city traffic. The company is working to reduce to human fatigue with the vehicle doing the maximum work. The automaker has also been working on various technologies that will be able to provide hassle free driving and will be capable to detecting dangers, warn passengers, assist them in danger and try to intervene whenever things seem to go out of control to avoid accidents.
‘Car-to-X’ communication is a new technology that may enable it to share ‘road intelligence’ from other cars having the same system that will help to avoid collisions at tight corners & junctions where the driver may not be able to judge the scenario ahead. It will also be loaded with sensors like Ultrasonic & Radar sensors all over along with a stereo camera facing forward, side and rear giving a complete 360-degree view. The new “Next Level Intelligent Drive” will keep the car safe from other cars ahead on highways and will automatically follow them at any speed up to 200 kmph.
Further, the new system can ease the driver of the need to operate the brake or accelerator and even provide steering assistance. The 2017 Mercedes E-Class will also automatically adjust its speed using a combination of the intelligent cruise control system and the car’s cameras will do the work of reading the roadside speed limits. Other safety features including Active Brake Assist will warn the driver of fast approaching crashes by providing just the required amount of braking. Mercedes says the technology can detect slow moving vehicles and stationary vehicles, traffic at junctions and even pedestrians.
An optional feature will be the “Evasive Steering Assist” that will help the car detect pedestrians and deliver a precise amount of assistance so the car can avoid the pedestrian and then help to correct the direction of the car as it passes the pedestrian. An extremely interesting feature, your smartphone will help you to remote park the new E-Class. With the help of the “Near Field Communication System”, the company will make it your new key. A new type of front seat is also developed for the driver’s safety that uses inflatable side bolsters to push the passenger towards the centre of the car when an unavoidable side impact is detected.
The best out of all is the new ‘Pre-Safe Sound’. Mercedes says it uses a natural reflex to prepare occupants ears for the loud noise of an accident. The science behind this is a muscle in the human ear called the stapedius which reacts to loud noises by contracting, which in turn can protect the inner ear. If the car’s sensors predict a collision, a short interference signal will be passed as a sound signal through the car’s audio system that will trigger the stapedius reflex, protecting the inner ear of humans. If that’s not enough, you will also get a chance to remotely park your vehicle into a garage and avoid managing the tight space of your garage. Similar to the tech that works on the new generation BMW 7-Series, Mercedes will be employing the same on the new E-Class that is a segment lower.
Source – Autocar UK