Mercedes shared details of their upcoming 2017 Mercedes E-Class a couple of days ago, and now thought they would highlight one of its main safety features, or more so the criteria for its operation. Active Lane Change Assist is is part of the Driving Assistance package, which makes use of a series of radars and cameras to keep the vehicle as safe as possible.
These are needed to help the driver when changing lanes, and also to help prevent collisions when doing so. It’s said that almost 15 percent of accidents on German roads are caused when two vehicles are going in the same direction, and 20 percent of these tend to lead to a collision while trying to change lanes. It’s not just Germany that this happens, although there is a much greater risk because of traveling at faster speeds than many other places in Europe.
Blind Spot Assist has been in use by Mercedes-Benz for 8 years now, and so needed to advance on this system. Active Blind Spot Assist was just one step, but Active Lane Change Assist is a huge step forward.
With this new system the driver can keep his or her eyes straight ahead, rather than keep looking around. However, there are a few things you need to know before activating this system.
- Active Lane Change Assist criteria for its safe operation:
- If the turn indicator is operated for longer than two seconds, the system is activated, and the unoccupied zone detection system will also allow for lane change within three seconds.
- Once this happens the Steering Pilot is then activated, and if traveling on a multi-lane, the system will know this because it has accessed the navigation module integrated into COMAND Online.
- The separate adjacent lane will be detected via stereo camera, ad the speed will need to be between 80 and 180 km/h.
- However, the Active Lane Change will be aborted if the sensor system detects an obstacle, or there are no longer any lane markings, or of the driver countersteers or Steering Pilot is switched off.
For full details on this 2017 Mercedes E-Class safety feature please visit Mercedes-Benz.