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If we specifically talk about automobiles, self-driving cars (and in general, all vehicles) can be considered as one of the next ‘big’ thing in the sector. But even as companies like Google and Tesla continue to work on self-driving cars, they are not yet available to everyone.
Well, if you are the impatient kind and can’t wait to have a self-driving car of your own, Mercedes-Benz’s new E-Class might just interest you.
The German automobile manufacturer has unveiled the 2017 variant of its best-selling E-Class mid-size luxury car. And although the latest Mercedes-Benz has all the features (e.g. adaptive cruise control, active brake assist) that you’d expect from it, it’s the car’s intelligent technologies that make it a self-driving car in its own right. Some of these include the following:
1. Drive Pilot: This technology makes it possible for the E-Class to always maintain a safe distance from the car that’s ahead of it. Not just that, Drive Pilot lets the E-Class to follow other cars at a speed of up to 210km/h.
2. Steering Pilot: This feature is aimed at making lane-changing easier. To get started, all you have to do is activate the car’s cruise control. With Steering Pilot, you can have the E-Class change lanes by just using the turn signals. The feature is intelligent enough to work only when there’s no other vehicle in the adjacent lane.
3. Side Radar: The Side Radar is capable of detecting imminent side impacts. If the radar senses that a side collision is about to happen, it automatically inflates a bag-like structure that pushes the passenger a bit away from the side. This helps in reducing the shock of the impact.
4. Evasive Steering Assist: As the name suggests, Evasive Steering Assist is a feature that allows you to evade obstacles moving at low speeds, such as pedestrians.
5. Emergency Stop Assist: When the Emergency Stop Assist system detects that the driver hasn’t touched the steering wheel for a while, it automatically activates the car’s hazard lights and brings it to a halt.
6. Active Brake Assist: Active Brake Assist automatically applies the brakes if it detects an imminent collision that the driver hasn’t reacted to.
7. Speed Limit Pilot: Different places have different speed limits and Speed Limit Pilot makes adjusting to them easy. The feature lets the car automatically adjust its speed to the local speed limit. That said, this feature can be manually overridden.
That’s quite some innovation from Mercedes-Benz. Although these features don’t exactly make the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class fully self-driving, they sure take a lot of effort the driver has to put in while safely driving and navigating the car.
All-in-all, the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class proves that driverless cars are the future, and they’ll likely be here sooner than we expect.