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.