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Mercedes Benz C-Class Intelligent Drive in action

Watch the Mercedes Benz C-Class avoid a collision with a pedestrian and parallel park itself with the new Intelligent Drive functionality.

With pedestrian detection and city brake function:
BAS PLUS and PRE-SAFE® Brake

Pedestrian detection has been added to the BAS PLUS and PRE-SAFE® Brake functions. Autonomous braking for vehicles in front has also undergone a major enhancement.

Thanks to the combination of stereo camera and radar sensors, it is now possible to detect pedestrians in front of the vehicle. Visual and acoustic warnings are triggered when a hazard is detected. If the driver reacts by braking, the braking power will be boosted by BAS PLUS with Cross-Traffic Assist as the situation requires, right up to a full brake application. If the driver fails to react, the PRE-SAFE® Brake brakes the vehicle autonomously. The PRE-SAFE® Brake with pedestrian detection is active up to approx. 72 km/h and can autonomously prevent collisions with pedestrians when travelling at speeds of up to 50 km/h.

Analyses of GIDAS accident data indicate that this new technology could prevent six percent of pedestrian accidents and reduce the severity of a further 41 percent. The operating range of the autonomous braking function for stationary vehicles has been optimised so that rear-end collisions can likewise be prevented at speeds of up to 50 km/h.

Automatic manoeuvring into and out of parallel and end-on parking spaces: Active Parking Assist

Active Parking Assist enables automated parking with active steering and brake intervention in both parallel and perpendicular parking spaces. It is an advanced version of the PARKTRONIC system with Parking Guidance offered previously. What is more, the system is now also able to manoeuvre out of parallel parking spaces again all by itself with automatic steering and brake control, assuming the vehicle was parked there automatically beforehand.

When travelling at speeds below 30 km/h, ultrasound sensors with an extended range in the bumpers’ side sections survey the right side of the road for suitable parallel and end-on parking spaces. The same procedure is carried out for the left side of the road if the driver activates the left turn indicator. A symbol in the instrument cluster shows that the system is in the process of measuring. If a suitable parking spot is identified, an arrow appears alongside the symbol indicating that the system is ready for automatic parking. All the driver now has to do to activate the system is engage reverse gear and confirm by pressing the OK button on the steering wheel.

Active Parking Assist steers and brakes the vehicle automatically and shows the necessary action that the driver needs to take in each case in the display, such as engaging the correct gear. The driver is able to control acceleration of the vehicle by lightly pressing the accelerator or releasing the brake.

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