Mercedes-Benz AG recently launch the W223 generation Mercedes-Benz S-Class and the S-Class has always been the centrepiece for Mercedes-Benz. The S-Class is meant to showcase the legendary engineering expertise and the heritage of craftsmanship combine with progressive innovation.
Around 70 years ago, Mercedes-Benz laid the foundations for this model series with the model 220. Since its market launch in 1951, more than 4 million S-Class Saloons have been delivered to customers around the world. With the introduction of the latest generation of S-Class, Mercedes have added plenty of technology into the new S-Class. Let’s take a look at 10 most important innovation that Mercedes-Benz given to the new S-Class.
- New Generation MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience)
There will be 5 screens for inside the new S-Class and some will come with OLED technology. In front of the driver, the new 3D driver display allows spatial perception of the scene with a real 3D effect thanks to eye-tracking. The head-up display now integrated with augmented reality content. When navigating, for example, animated turn-off arrows (“fishbones”) are virtually and precisely projected onto the road lane.
- MBUX Interior Assist
MBUX Interior Assist recognises and anticipates the intentions of the occupants through the camers in the overhead control panels and learning algorithms. It does this by interpreting head direction, hand movements and body language, and responds with corresponding vehicle functions. For example, if the driver looks over his/her shoulder towards the rear window, Interior Assist automatically opens the sunblind.
- Active Ambient Lighting
The active ambient lighting is an add-on to the regular ambient lighting with an additional layer of light. With around 250 LEDs integrated into the driving assistance systems, and is able to reinforce their warnings visually. In addition, feedback is possible when operating the climate control system or the ‘Hey Mercedes’ voice assistant, for instance.
- Driving Assist Package
Driving Assistance Package now comes with a whole host of new and numerous improved functions. One example is the intelligent compliance with speed limits. The new assistance display in the driver display clearly shows the operating principle of the driving assistance systems as a full-screen view.
- Rear Seat Airbags
The rear airbag is a 1st in the world to be fitted in a car and can considerably reduce the loads acting on the head and neck area of the seat-belt-wearing occupants in the outer rear seats. The frontal airbag for the rear seat deploys particularly gently thanks to its innovative construction using a tubular structure.
- Rear Axle Steering
The rear-axle steering allowed the S-Class to be as manoeuvrable as a compact car in the city. The steering angle at the rear axle is up to ten degrees. The turning circle is reduced by up to two metres.
- Over-the-air (OTA) Software Updates
More than 50 electronic components in the new S-Class can be updated with new over-the-air (OTA) updates. These include the entire MBUX infotainment system, the driver display, the driving assistance systems and the MULTIBEAM LED and DIGITAL LIGHT lighting systems. This technology saves the customer time, as he/she does not need to visit a workshop for this purpose. Furthermore, the vehicle remains up to date throughout its lifecycle and is equipped for new features.
- E-Active Body Control Suspension
If a side impact is detected, the new S-Class body will be raised by the E-Active Body Control suspension within a few tenths of a second. This function is part of PRE-SAFE® Impulse Side: It can reduce the loads acting on the occupants because it directs the impact forces towards particularly resistant structures in the lower area of the vehicle.
- Drive Pilot
The Drive Pilot will be available from second half of 2021 onwards, this allow the S-Class to be driven in conditionally automated mode in heavy traffic situation, but for now only suitable for certain German motorway sections. By taking pressure off the driver, this allows them to undertake secondary activities such as browsing on the internet or dealing with emails in the In-Car Office.
- Digital Light
The Digital Light technology will allow completely new functions, e.g. the projection of marking aids or warning symbols onto the road ahead. In each headlamp, Digital Light has a light module with three extremely powerful LEDs with light that is refracted and directed by 1.3 million micro-mirrors. The resolution is therefore more than 2.6 million pixels per vehicle.