Number 5 is alive. The fifth generation “Intelligence & Safety”
Insight into the technology of the next E-Class
It is the dream of “autonomous”, the dream of “accident-free” driving. In principle, more and more drivers dream of it. The more often you are stuck in a traffic jam, the more often you want a “computer chauffeur”. The Stuttgarters are no different.
With the 2013 facelift, the E-Class was equipped with a whole armada of safety and assistance systems. “Intelligence & Safety” is what the Stuttgart-based company calls their comprehensive safety package.
The new E-Class will be unveiled in Detroit in 2016, and with the latest generation, the Stuttgart-based company will democratize the luxury and safety of the “first division”, the S-Class, downwards. And expand again. With the presentation of the new E-Class, the “Safety Turbo” will be ignited in Stuttgart and the upper middle class will be pushed to the top of the segment with the big E. You don't want to represent anything lower than the benchmark. These days my-auto-blog had the opportunity to experience the first new features directly.
Remote Parking, Car-tX and Multibeam LED
Thanks to NFC radio technology, the cell phone becomes a vehicle key and is also used to park. At Mercedes-Benz they want to use “remote parking” for everyday use. Tight parking spaces, scuffed doors and stomach retraction when getting in and out should be a thing of the past. Based on the sensors of the Park-Distance-Control in connection with the 360 ° all-round view, in the future the E-Classes with automatic transmission and “Keyless-Go” can be parked with the optional “Remote Park-Pilot” by mobile phone. Seriously.
Another point is communication between vehicles. Direct communication from car to car is not only sensible and useful when the vehicles are driving autonomously. Traffic jam on the highway? Accident? Breakdown vehicles on the road? As soon as the first vehicle detects a problem, an obstacle or simply a danger point via radar, camera or ultrasonic sensors, it can report this to the “backend” on the Internet. From there, this information is in turn forwarded to the other vehicles, provided they are “new E-Classes”. Because with this technology, Mercedes-Benz will assume a technological leadership. The new E-Class will be the first vehicle in which this technology can be integrated.
84 LED chips on one circuit board. This is the basis for the new multibeam LED light from the Stuttgart-based company. No laser technology with very narrow application scenarios, but functions for everyday life. That is the approach “at Daimler”. While the current CLS generation still had to make do with 24 LED modules, Mercedes-Benz will arrive with the large tool box for the new E-Class generation.
Individual, intelligent and needs-based street lighting is the goal of the Daimler technicians.
The number of pixels in LED headlamps is the same as the number of pixels on screens: the more individually controllable pixels, the higher the resolution and the finer the image can be displayed. At the same time, a high number of pixels allows greater dynamics in the display. In the perception this leads to a clear increase of precision and brilliance.
Did you already know? There is a natural reflex in the human middle ear. The stapedius muscle is responsible for the “stapedius reflex”. In the event of sudden loud noises, this reflex causes the eardrum to decouple. This separation protects the human inner ear from damage from noise. Mercedes-Benz will use this reflex to use “PRE-SAFE Sound” to warn the inner ear of the airbag being triggered. If the Pre-SAFE system detects an unavoidable collision, a sound impulse is sent via the loudspeakers of the vehicle, which in turn should trigger the stapedius reflex in the occupants. Incredible and somehow sounds like science fiction.
In the case of the pre-safe package, however, it is only about “science” and not “fiction”. Reassuring.
At the end...
It only makes sense if the inventor of the automobile is also the inventor of autonomous driving. The techniques of the new E-Class give a first glimpse into the future and once again you have the feeling that the implementation of real safety technology is driven forward, especially in Stuttgart under the symbol of the star.
Techniques like “Pre-Safe Sound” are completely new approaches. Not only to avoid accidents, but also to alleviate the apparently unavoidable side effects of safety systems (airbag bang). It is not surprising that in the same approach one also omits the PR-laden laser light and instead instead invests in the implementation of perfect LED technology.
With the E-Class, Mercedes-Benz will start a calendar in the area of active and passive safety - we are convinced of that.
Photos in the article and cover picture: Stefan Beckmann | Authors: Stefan Beckmann, Bjoern Habegger, with material from Mercedes-Benz