The S-Class is traditionally the automaker’s technology flagship. So it’s no surprise the sedan will receive the significantly updated driver assistance system that can now do more things autonomously.
Mercedes says its Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC and Active Steering Assist are even better at keeping a safe distance between cars as well as steering. Plus, it can now handle automatically changing vehicle speed when a car goes around bends and when it’s at road junctions. Mercedes says Active Emergency Stop Assist and a considerably improved Active Lane Change Assist are also part of the next level system.
The new S-Class will offer an improved view of the traffic situation, too, thanks to better camera and radar systems that allow it to look further up ahead than before. It also uses a substantially broader scope of map and navigation data.
Mercedes says it’s also tweaked the icons in both the instrument cluster and Head Up Display to make using the driver assistance systems is easier. Plus, Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC is operated via buttons on the new steering wheel.
All in all, Mercedes says self-driving technology is happening faster than most people expect.
The S-Class is Mercedes’ largest sedan and the 2018 model is technically a mid-cycle update. It should arrive in dealers in the fall.