We already know of the launch of the new 2011 CL-Class Facelift from Mercedes-Benz. Well, the glitter is not yet out and the car has made a lot of buzz around in the market a few weeks ago. But the thing that matters us the most are the unknown safety features of the car based on the state of the art radar, a camera and a hi-tech sensor technology.
The new car also has two new features that will blow you over, features like ‘Dubbed Active Lane Keeping Assist’ and ‘Active Blind Spot Assist’ that helps the driver avoid dangerous situations by way of corrective braking. Also the new 2011 CL class which is going to make its debut in fall 2010 is loaded with more safety features like the ATTENTION ASSIST, PRE-SAFE Brake with automatic emergency braking, and Night View Assist PLUS with Pedestrian Detection making the ride safer than ever.
Now coming on to the first new safety feature, that of the Active Lane Keeping Assist, and for those people who do not understand what this new system is or how it helps the driver, well here is a short explanation of it: In this there is a multi-purpose camera which is mounted on the windshield and is connected with a computer that analyzes the images and recognizes the lane markings. Based on these images, the Active Lane Keeping Assist then alerts the driver by simulating rumble strip vibrations on the steering wheel (via an electric motor) if by chance the car drifts from its lane unintentionally.
And if by any chance the driver fails to react then the car automatically stimulates the brakes and will undertake corrective measures by making the front wheels to turn in the opposite direction so that the car stays on the desired lane. Th ‘Active Lane Keeping Assist’ feature works by coordinating and making use of the existing Electronic Stability Program or ESP to apply the brakes and even maintain vehicle control.
Moving to the second feature, the ‘Active Blind Spot Assist’ on the 2011 CL-class senses both the blind spots of the car by using close range radar sensors. If a vehicle comes anywhere close to the blind spot then a yellow warning triangle is illuminated in the corresponding mirror. And if by chance the driver fails to respond by turning on the turn indicator then the warning triangle changes to red and an audible warning also sounds, and if the driver still doesn’t react then the car automatically activates corrective braking intervention to the wheels which bring the car to the opposite side of the vehicle.