The sixth generation of the German sedan, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, has been officially unveiled and the press release issued by the German company shows the equipment that will make the new S-Class the standard in technology and safety for the series cars of the next ten years. Let’s see which are the most important technologies that were mounted on the Mercedes-Benz.
Since the first generation, Mercedes-Benz S-Class has been a platform for presenting the latest technologies that have become, in the end, standard equipment on almost every car in the world.
For example, the first generation, known internally as the W116, was among the first cars in the world that had the fuel tank mounted above the rear axle, unlike other models of the time that had the tank mounted under the trunk floor. Thus, the safety of the passengers in an accident has been improved. The first S-Class has had the world’s first ABS system that prevented wheel lock under braking.
The second generation came with innovations like electrically adjustable steering wheel, airbags for the driver and the front passenger and differential automatic locks while the fifth generation of the S-Class was the first car in the world to receive an environmental certificate in addition to a very long list of cutting edge technologies.
So it’s time to see what Mercedes-Benz used this time to leave the automotive world at a loss for words in a top 10 of the most important technologies fitted onto the new S-Class.
1. Amalgamation of data
The visual information provided by the equipment on the car is no longer intended only for certain systems but is available for almost all restraints on the car. In other words, the data from radars mounted on the car can be used by the adaptive cruise control system and the systems that deal with the detection of possible accidents.
2. The world’s first suspension system with an “eye”
The new Mercedes-Benz S-Class (W222) gets a 3D camera mounted near the rearview mirror that scans in detail the conditions of the road 50 meters ahead. One of the functions performed by this camera is to send information to the central electronic “brain” of the car that instantly changes the suspension settings to provide a more comfortable ride.
The system in charge of these changes is called the Magic Body Control and it is optional for all models with eight-cylinder engines. In putting the standard equipment on these engine variants, the new S-Class is part of the latest generation of the Airmatic system that automatically adjusts the suspension softness functions to the road conditions.
3. Inflatable Seatbelts
The rear passengers of the new S-Class have inflatable seatbelts that automatically inflate in a crash to lower the risk of injuries to the upper body.
If the collisions sensors detect a severe frontal impact, the electronic control unit will command the belts to inflate through a gas generator. Consequently, the belts will increase their size three times and help distributing the impact forces acting on the back seat occupant.
4. Airbag for your bottom
Yes, it sounds strange, but an S-Class that has individual seats mounted in the rear also has bottom airbags that inflate when the backrests are tilted, and the car is involved in an accident.
5. Total cruise control
The previous generation of Mercedes-Benz S-Class had a cruise control (auto-pilot) which was automatically controlling the acceleration even when the car in front stopped at traffic lights. This meant that the driver no longer had to keep his foot on the acceleration.
Now, the sixth generation of the S-Class comes with a new generation of the Distronic Plus system, which is has the Steering Assist and Stop&Go Pilot subsystems. Meaning that the machine uses a 3D camera to track the car in front and control the acceleration and direction. The result is an autopilot system that can easily steer the car without the driver having his hands on the wheel, can keep a safe distance from the car in front at speeds up to 200 km / h in urban traffic with multiple stops, and starts without the driver touching the brake or accelerator. In addition, the Stop & Go Pilot subsystem handles the automatic engine stopping and starting at traffic lights.
In other words, the car is capable of driving on its own.
6. Infrared lights
The new S-Class headlights contain two infrared light sources that illuminate the way to provide visual data for the Night View Assist Plus system. The old S-Class had this system as well, only now it can be also used in urban areas.
Why would you need the infrared? Well, for the driver to have much more graphic visuals when driving at night on an unlit road. Appear on the screen behind the wheel video provided by two infrared cameras that detect humans and animals to warn the driver of their presence. Moreover, one of the two infrared cameras is able to provide data on temperature of the front and a special module built in lights warn pedestrians near the machine.
7. Two TFT screens with a 30.7 cm diagonal
The car’s interior is visually airy, most information is provided to driver by means of the two TFT screens, which dominate the dashboard.
One of these screens is used to display the speedometer, rev counter, night images provided by the infrared cameras and other important information for the driver. The second monitor deals with displaying the data from the multimedia system, map navigation and car settings.
8. Continuous beam headlights
The Adaptive High Beam Assist Plus system in the new S-Class can maintain the road lights on continuously, without dazzling oncoming traffic.
9. Detection of accidents
Mercedes-Benz S-Class W222 has the automatic BAS Plus with Cross-Traffic Assist braking system. Essentially these two systems can detect a potential accident and automatically brake the car to avoid the accident.
Of course, such systems are fairly common on new cars today. Even Volkswagen up! has it. The innovation of the sixth generation of the S-Class is, however, the detection of possible side collisions, not just frontal, through the cameras and radars by providing a complete, 360 degree image of the car.
In a straight line, the system is operating at any speed, and at intersections the speed drops to about 72 km / h. If the car senses that an accident is likely to occur, it will prompt the driver by visual and audible warnings and if the driver does not brake enough, the system automatically increases the braking force to avoid collision.
10. The first production car with conventional bulbs
The new Mercedes-Benz S-Class is the first car in the world that does not have even one conventional bulb, either filament or economically. Instead, engineers chose to use almost 500 LEDs to illuminate the road, the interior and the car itself.
Of the nearly 500 LEDs, 56 are used for each light individually, 35 for each stop lamp and about 300 for interior lighting including ambient lighting. And speaking of lights, the taillights of the new S-Class automatically adjust their intensity not to blind those behind the car waits at traffic lights, for example.