posted 6 years ago

New Mercedes-Benz S-Class' Staggering Safety Features

The new Mercedes-Benz S-Class has some of the most advanced safety features ever fitted to a mainstream production car.

The new Mercedes-Benz S-Class has some of the most advanced safety features ever fitted to a mainstream production car. These include the optional driver assistance package that incorporates three systems: distronic plus, active blind spot assist, and the reassuring active lane keeping assist monitor.

Distronic plus is a radar guided cruise control system that helps maintain a safe distance to the vehicle ahead. Active blind spot assist alerts the driver, via warning triangles in the wing mirrors, that an overtaking vehicle may be hidden from view. If the S-Class driver then indicates to change lane, an audible warning emphasises the danger. If the unsafe manoeuvre then proceeds, the active lane assist technology applies one-sided braking to bring the S-Class back into line.

The new Mercedes-Benz S-Class is also fitted, as standard, with the attention assist system. This continuously monitors the driver's behaviour for signs of fatigue, e.g. erratic steering movements and/or sudden braking. If the vehicle suspects the driver is falling asleep, visual and audible warnings announce this assumption. Clearly this is an excellent concept that will hopefully become standard on more affordable vehicles.

Further safety features include the adaptive brake lights. This system works, at speeds above 30mph, by flashing the red lights if the driver brakes hard. The theory is that flashing brake lights alert following motorists to the hazard more quickly than the traditional solid beam method. Simply, but potentially very effective.

The new Mercedes-Benz S-Class is clearly one of the best vehicles in the world. Its luxurious interior is magnificent, the handling a joy, and its safety features inspire tremendous confidence. All you need now is £60,000 - £154,000 to buy the thing.