Mercedes S-Class safety fea­tures

Los Angeles Times - - HIGHWAY 1 -

Distronic Plus: Uses radar to scan the road ahead and be­gins to brake be­fore a col­li­sion. Can bring the car to a com­plete stop with­out the driver’s as­sis­tance.

Adap­tive Cruise Con­trol: Al­lows the driver to choose a speed for cruise con­trol, like most cars, but will main­tain a safe dis­tance from other ve­hi­cles — slow­ing down or speed­ing up on its own at free­way speeds. Blind Spot As­sist and Ac­tive Lane Keep­ing As­sist: With the aid of side-mounted cam­eras, warns a driver who’s about to change lanes into an­other ve­hi­cle; vi­brates the steer­ing wheel if the driver veers across the white or yel­low lines.

PreSafe: An­tic­i­pates a col­li­sion, and au­to­mat­i­cally tight­ens seat belts, ad­justs head rests and seats, and closes win­dows.

Park­ing As­sist: Cam­eras in the bumpers tell the car whether the par­al­lel park­ing space is big enough. If it is, the driver need only put the S-Class into re­verse, en­gage the auto-park func­tion and re­lease the brakes.

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