What is Mercedes-Benz DRIVE PILOT?
If you pay any attention to the automotive market, or have seen basically any car commercial lately, you are well aware that autonomous driving technology is coming. For Mercedes-Benz customers, you have been well aware of this technology for several years. However, Mercedes is now taking its technology one step further with DRIVE PILOT. What is Mercedes-Benz DRIVE PILOT? Allow us to explain.
The Next Step Towards Autonomous Driving
While the Mercedes-Benz DRIVE PILOT does not make the vehicle completely autonomous, it comes pretty close. This system will make its debut on the redesigned 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class this summer, and it will make driving on the highway or down a country road simpler than ever before. There are three systems that go into DRIVE PILOT. They are:
By utilizing a radar system at the front of the vehicle, the Distance Pilot DISTRONIC will be able to follow a vehicle in front of it at a select distance, which you can set on your steering wheel. It is also capable of following traffic at speeds of up to 130 mph. We don’t recommend testing it at that speed, but it’s nice to know you can if you would like. It also requires less work on the driver’s part, as far as operating the pedals.
The Steering Pilot works with the DIstance Pilot to keep the vehicle steady behind the one it is following. Steering Pilot also takes into account objects around it and will make adjustments as necessary if the driver does not. Steering Pilot will relieve the stress drivers face when they are stuck in traffic jams as it can automatically maneuver through traffic. How does it know when to maneuver you ask?
Active Lane-Change Assist
The vehicle with change lanes automatically thanks to the all new Active Lane-Change Assist system. By utilizing a radar sensor and camera, the vehicle can shift lanes for the driver when requested. How does the driver request to change lanes? By simply turning on their blinker and after being on for two seconds the Active Lane-Change Assist will move you into the indicated lane.
Experience DRIVE PILOT in the 2017 E-Class
Now that you know what the Mercedes-Benz DRIVE PILOT system is, we encourage you to come and check out all of its benefits for yourself. Get in touch with one of our Loeber Motors sales team members for additional information.