Mercedes-Benz is hard at work on its next-generation of adaptive cruise control, a system that should take them one step closer to autonomous driving.
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This feature is expected to be available around March 2016 when the company’s new E-Class goes on sale. This should be a step beyond the already impressive Distronic Plus system offered in their flagship S-Class model.
With cameras and a battery of other sensors this latest cruise-control technology can steer the vehicle, navigate corners and can even regulate speed based on street signs. Certain situations can confuse the technology, such as shadows cast by trees or road construction.
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If the driving situation becomes too challenging, such as a turn that’s overly sharp, the driver has to intervene, though the system will give them ample warning. Mercedes’ latest cruise control can operate at speeds up to 80 miles an hour.
Beyond all of this the system can spot pedestrians. If it detects a person in its path it can completely stop the vehicle if it’s traveling at less than 40 miles an hour.
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