Mercedes adds to E-Class technology

Mercedes-Benz will expand the new Driving Assistance package of the future E-Class for the market launch in spring with Active Lane Change Assist.

The radar- and camera-based assistance system supports the driver in changing lanes. Active Lane Change Assist is part of the Drive Pilot, which reduces the pressure on the driver in typical lane-changing situations, allowing them to focus on what is happening on the road around them. As an addition to Active Blind Spot Assist and Active Lane Keeping Assist, the system will help prevent accidents.

‘The new E-Class is even more in tune with the wishes of customers in the business class segment. With the help of numerous innovations, there is no loss of driving pleasure, even on monotonous and overfilled stretches of road. Drive Pilot and Active Lane Change Assist optionally support the motorist with driving tasks that are often not pleasurable,’ says Prof Dr Thomas Weber, member of the board of management of Daimler AG with responsibility for group research and Mercedes-Benz cars development.

The system works when the driver activates the turn indicator for more than two seconds to change lanes. Active Lane Change Assist then steers the new E-Class into the adjacent lane. The vehicle will only change lanes autonomously if the sensors do not detect any vehicles in the relevant safety zone.

Active Lane Change Assist is a sub-function of Drive Pilot and forms one component of the Driving Assistance package from Mercedes-Benz, which celebrates its world premiere in the new E-Class next year.

The new E-Class will be launched in Germany in spring 2016.