Po­lice su­per­car

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IT is not ev­ery day that you get to look over a ‘su­per car’ one that can al­most drive it­self and could be con­sid­ered the ‘safest ve­hi­cle on four wheels’.

But, that is how the Guardian - Vic­to­ria Po­lice’s lat­est de­signer liv­ery can be de­scribed.

On loan to Mans­field High­way Pa­trol for two weeks, the Mercedes - AMG GLE 63 S 4Matic Coupe (pic­tured) driven by a 6.3 litre twin turbo V8 en­gine - is the su­per safe car.

Driv­ing through town the ve­hi­cle - very nicely and uniquely dec­o­rated - turns heads - it is the most im­pres­sive po­lice ve­hi­cle seen on the state’s roads.

Sergeant Marty McLach­lan ex­plained that the ve­hi­cle is not so much a pur­suit car but is here to pro­mote safety in driv­ing, safety in car de­sign and is in­cluded in pro­mot­ing the state’s cam­paign of aim­ing for zero road deaths.

“Road Polic­ing Com­mand is com­mit­ted to the Safe Sys­tems prin­ci­ples and while our role as po­lice has tra­di­tion­ally been to ed­u­cate and pro­tect the com­mu­nity through en­force­ment, we have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to do more,” Sgt McLach­lan said.

“One way we can do this is by pro­mot­ing safer ve­hi­cles.

“Last year Road Polic­ing Com­mand ap­proached Monash Univer­sity to iden­tify some of the safest ve­hi­cles avail­able in Aus­tralia so we could pro­mote the fu­ture of ve­hi­cle safety,” he said.

“As a re­sult we formed a part­ner­ship with Mercedes Benz to pro­mote the fu­ture of ve­hi­cle safety.

“If ev­ery ve­hi­cle in Aus­tralia was fit­ted with the tech­nol­ogy found in this ve­hi­cle road trauma could be re­duced by a third overnight.

“To achieve this in the fu­ture, we need to change the way in­dus­try and house­holds pur­chase a ve­hi­cle and start mak­ing safety a stan­dard fea­ture, not an op­tional ex­tra.”

Al­though the ve­hi­cle is priced way beyond the or­di­nary driver’s cheque book, the safety fea­tures are ex­em­plary.

Among its fea­tures are at­ten­tion as­sist, tip­tronic plus with steer­ing as­sist and stop and go pi­lot.

Its ‘ac­tive lane as­sist’ en­sures driv­ers are made aware if they drift over the cen­tre white line or off to the left of the lane - it au­to­mat­i­cally slows, gives an in­di­ca­tion to cor­rect through its steer­ing wheel al­low­ing the driver to cor­rect steer­ing quickly, pos­si­bly avoid­ing ac­ci­dents.

It comes with a park­ing pack­age with 360-de­gree cam­era, ac­tive park­ing as­sist with Park­tronic, LED day­time run­ning lights, ac­cel­er­a­tion skid con­trol and elec­tronic trac­tion sys­tem.

Among its su­per safety fea­tures are the pre-safe brake with pedes­trian recog­ni­tion and pre-safe plus for rear end col­li­sions.

Ideal for driv­ing in High Coun­try con­di­tions it also fea­tures cross­wind as­sist, is four wheel drive and has an adap­tive brake with hold func­tion, hill start as­sist and brake dry­ing in wet con­di­tions.

The list of safety fea­tures goes on and on - a car that fea­tures just so much you feel you could set the GPS and let it drive it­self to your des­ti­na­tion.

The ve­hi­cle is on the mar­ket for those who can af­ford one but be­ware with a top speed of 320km/h, un­less you set your cruise con­trol to the cor­rect speed, and you feel you want to ‘try out top speed’ - you will get caught by po­lice.

With its smart looks, fan­tas­tic fea­tures and the abil­ity to turn heads wher­ever it goes, you will be more no­tice­able than other mo­torists.

Sgt McLach­lan said while the cur­rent po­lice Mercedes ‘su­per car’ is work­ing around the Mans­field dis­trict it will be ‘on duty’ for high­way pa­trol but of­fi­cers on duty will be more than will­ing to im­part its safety fea­tures, es­pe­cially to any­one look­ing to pur­chase a ‘safe’ ve­hi­cle.

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