The Mercedes-Benz S-Class of 2021 is approaching and will inaugurate a whole range of new high-tech functions with at the top of the list its compatibility with level 3 autonomous driving.
The 2021 S-Class will also adopt new lightweight hybrid powertrains as well as a series of driver assistance upgrades. There are also a series of touch screens and digital displays available.
Mercedes says it will soon start rolling out Level 3 autonomous driving in Germany. In addition, the new S-Class is equipped with the necessary equipment to allow level 4 autonomy. However, any deployment of this technology is subject to local legislation. Mercedes already announced in 2018 that it wanted a near-autonomous S-Class this year. In addition, every feature will be improved over time with updates, just like at Tesla.
The available driver assistance systems have been improved. The S-Class is now equipped as standard with a whole range of high-tech functions:
- autonomous emergency braking with improved detection of side traffic and pedestrians
- adaptive cruise control (which can now avoid collisions up to 130 km / h)
- Lane centering assistance
- lane change assistance
- management assistance
- active emergency braking assistance
- blind spot monitoring
- head-up display in augmented reality.
Class S: level 3 range only on the motorway?
The Drive Pilot system will allow semi-autonomous level 3 driving on certain sections of the motorway in heavy traffic. But this, at a maximum speed of 60 km / h. In addition to the existing sensors for the driver assistance systems, there is an additional lidar sensor, a rear camera and microphones to detect the presence of emergency services.
High-definition mapping also provides precise information on road geometry, route details, traffic signs and incidents such as accidents and road works. All this will allow drivers to temporarily take their hands off the wheel, while remaining vigilant.
Finally, buyers will be able to preinstall the Intelligent Parking Pilot function, which allows level 4 autonomous parking, i.e. without anyone on board. During its presentation in July 2019, Daimler and Bosch stated in their joint press release: “Enter a parking lot, get out of your car and let it park on its own with a single click on a smartphone (…) Later, the car will return to the drop-off point in the same way. "