The 2017 Mercedes-Benz S Class will come as a mid life cycle facelift this year and according to a new report it will deliver the company’s best autonomous technology to date.
The company’s research and development chief Ola Kallenius is set to feature the manufacturer’s latest developments in terms of autonomous driving technology in a bid to retain its flagship status amid the growing competition coming from rivals such as the BMW 7 Series, next Audi A8 and others. Kallenius said on the sidelines of the 2017 Detroit Auto Show the new facelift will bring “the first intelligent integration of sensor and map data” on a production model. Using map data to better understand the surroundings will allow the S-Class to detect an upcoming corner and calculate whether the speed is too high for it.
It will be able to “decelerate, negotiate the bend safely and then resume its original speed. And while the existing system will steer itself along 80% of Germany’s autobahns and a small number of highways, the new system will be effective on almost all autobahns and 80% of highways”, commented the manager. Additional changes include the decision to “bring the car to a safe stop, switch on the hazard lights, unlock the doors and call the emergency services” if the driver takes the hands off the steering wheel and all other warnings fail.