Mercedes-Benz has made available its radar-based assistance techs in recently launched S650, S560 and S350d with upcoming models expected to follow suite
Mercedes-Benz has introduced radar-based safety features in India in a bit to up the safety game against main rivals especially Volvo. Through latest launches like the Maybach S650 and S560 as well as the facelifted S350d, the leading luxury car manufacturer in the country has brought in a range of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems onboard.
All three models come equipped with Active Steering Assist, Active Distance Assists, Active Blind Sport Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist and Active Lane Keeping Assist among other features. They are brought into play via constant monitoring of sensors and cameras all around the cars for safer driving experience than before.
The Active Steering Assist enables the vehicle to be in the middle of the lane using radar technology while the Active Distance Assist maintains the distance to the vehicle up front for speeds of up to 210 kmph. When necessary, brakes are applied to keep the safe driving distance via Active Braking Assist that also helps during emergency stops.
As the name suggests, the Active Lane Keeping Assist ensures the correct running of either the Mercedes-Maybach S650, S560 or the S350d on one lane. Evasive Steering Assist helps during precarious traffic or life-threatening situation by automatically avoiding the collision.
While the Remote Parking Assist excels in the ease of parking up, the Blind Spot Assist technology informs and takes action when something is unspotted on the side of the road and is a brilliant feature to have whilst taking night driving. Another key feature is the Magic Body Control that automatically determines the suspension based on road conditions.
Volvo was the first brand to retail radar-based technology equipped cars in India and the XC90 T8 Excellence launched in late 2016 became the first car to boast such technologies using 76-77 GHz frequency range. It comprises of adaptive cruise control, rear collision warning park assist, lane departure warning and blind-spot detection with cross-traffic alert. With allotment of more frequencies to the automotive sector, we can expect other manufacturers to jump in and offer their respective radar-based assistance systems.