Drivers of the next generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class due out next spring will be able to travel at speeds of more than 100 miles per hour, using the car’s automated driving features, according to technical papers released by Daimler AG, which emphasized the the new driver assistance features in the car will increase the comfort and relieve stress.
Based on an enhanced version of the Intelligent Drive system, which Mercedes-Benz has rolled out on the current E-Class and the new S-Class, the new system prepared for the 2017 E-Class will come with a Distance Pilot Distronic function. It automatically maintains the correct distance from vehicles in front of it by adjusting the car’s higher desired speed to that of a slower-moving vehicle ahead before accelerating back up to the desired speed once the way ahead is clear again – it can also follow traffic ahead in its lane at speeds from 0 to 120 mph, Mercedes-Benz said in the information it released to the press.
Despite active longitudinal and lateral guidance with significantly enhanced steering assistance, which gives the vehicle the ability to essentially drive itself in short spurts, the next level Intelligent Drive remains a semi-automated system in which the driver’s hands still need to be on the steering wheel. (more…)