Mercedes-Benz Newest Semi-Autonomous Technology

semi-autonomous carFor individuals considering the purchase of a 2017 model luxury sedan, the Mercedes-Benz 2017 E-Class Sedan offers some unique and exciting new features that take us one step closer to the fully autonomous car.

Recently tested by Aaron Bragman of, the tenth edition of their top-selling sedan will offer a DRIVE PILOT system of assistance features that will help to create a safer drive.

Active Brake Assist

Active Brake Assist reacts quickly to impending collisions, applying the brakes in the case that you have not yet reacted.

Active Lane Change Assist

The first feature of its kind, Active Lane Change Assist allows your vehicle to steer itself during lane changes. Just flick on your turn signal while in cruise control and your sedan will use its long-range rear-facing radar to ensure a safe transition.

Evasive Steering Assist

Instead of slamming on the brakes when a pedestrian walks out in front of your vehicle, Evasive Steering Assist will act quickly; steering around the person. This feature works the same way with other obstacles as well when travelling at low speeds.

Side Radar

In the unfortunate event of an impending side collision, Side Radar can provide extra protection for you and your passengers. The 2017 E-Class Sedan is equipped with bladders on the sides of the front seats, which inflate and push you a few inches inward when Side Radar goes off. The system also employs a burst of static noise that helps to prepare your muscles for the crash and airbag impact.

Speed Limit Pilot

Speed Limit Pilot handles changes in speed limits when your cruise control is employed, adjusting your car to the proper speed as you head down the highway. This feature can be overridden manually, but it is a great way to prevent speeding tickets!

Bragman tested the vehicle for about three hours, trying out all of the above technologies, and reminds consumers, “It’s good to remember that they [the autonomous features] are still very much assistance systems, meant to help you drive, not drive for you.”

Set to arrive in the U.S. this summer, the 2017 E-Class Sedan is one car that the team at PermaPlate can’t wait to drive.

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