The Mercedes-Benz Intelligent Drive system is a major advancement in both safety and luxury. Vehicles with the current iteration of Intelligent Drive are equipped with technology that only a few years ago would have been considered science fiction, such as 360-degree cameras and an internal program designed to override driving errors. The ultimate goal of Intelligent Drive is to offer production vehicles capable of driving themselves–a goal well within the sights of Mercedes-Benz, as test cars have already proved successful. Here are some of the features being offered on models right now, just one step away from the ultimate goal of a completely safe, autonomous vehicle.
Collision Prevention Assist
Your vehicle gives visual and auditory warnings if there’s something in your path such as a pedestrian or slowed traffic. If, for whatever reason, this doesn’t avert the situation, the car will automatically apply the brakes.
Blind Spot Assist
A visual warning will appear in your exterior mirrors when another vehicle is driving in your blind spot. If this doesn’t catch your attention, your vehicle emits a warning sound if you put on a turn signal in the direction of danger.
This feature helps you maintain optimal speeds, as well as distance, relative to the vehicle ahead of you. This makes driving in rush hour a less stressful experience, but will also, with enough vehicles on the road using this system, eventually decrease inefficient traffic patterns that waste both time and energy.
Traffic Sign Assist
Even the most vigilant drivers can miss a roadside directive. But nothing is too discreet for the Intelligent Drive system, capable of deciphering road signs indicating things such as speed limits and no passing zones.
Lane Keeping Assist
The vehicle warns drivers if they’re drifting out of their lane. If the driver does not immediately respond–due to drowsiness, distraction, or any sort of impairment–the vehicle will intervene by self-correcting. This reduces the incidence of high-speed, head-on collisions.
Sort of a precursor to Lane Keeping Assist, Attention Assist analyzes your driving and sends a warning, which includes a coffee cup icon on the dashboard, if you show signs of fatigue.
Intelligent Drive is capable of identifying strong winds, common while crossing bridges or driving though open areas. Though this isn’t necessarily a feature you will be using on a daily basis, it shows the depth and foresight of the Intelligent Drive system.
These features are all indicative of Mercedes-Benz putting user safety at the forefront of their design agenda. Intelligent Drive is available for most new Mercedes-Benz models, including all B-Class, C-Class, E-Class, and S-Class, as well as most G-Class, vehicles.