Both Mercedes-Benz and Tesla have made impressive strides in their technological advances in the last decade.
Autonomous vehicles have been in the news a lot the last few years. What comes to mind is the phrase “cars that drive themselves,” which may raise an eyebrow or two. Actually, even with an autonomous car, a driver is still required. It’s sort of like an airplane on autopilot.
An autonomous car is a perceptive vehicle that can sense its surroundings and plot a course without human direction. It can foresee the possibility of an accident, and prepare to save the driver and passengers from harm.
Mercedes-Benz and Tesla are both developing autonomous vehicles that propose to provide a safer driving experience.
In an emergency situation, an autonomous car will lower engine power to slow down the vehicle and minimize the impact of an accident. If the system senses that a crash is unavoidable, it will quickly make sure all the seat belts are fastened and airbags are prepared to launch.
If you’re driving down the freeway in an autonomous car, the turn signal will come on and your vehicle will accelerate as it changes into the left lane passing two slower vehicles. Once you get to your destination, your autonomous car finds a parking space, drops you off and parks itself. On the way back, your car keeps a safe distance from other vehicles in rush hour traffic, minimizing your accident risk. Your vehicle then effortlessly finds its way home through the dense traffic of the city.
Tesla’s success with the Model S sedan is legendary and has inspired other luxury car makers to develop alternative fuel vehicles.
Model S comes with Autopilot capabilities designed to make your highway driving not only safer but stress-free.
Tesla’s new autopilot design provides semi-autonomous driver assistance in all Tesla vehicles manufactured since September of 2014.
The Model S now features full LED adaptive headlamps. Besides enhancing the already great styling, they also boost safety: 14 three-position LED dynamic turning lights to improve visibility at night, especially on winding roads.
The newest innovations include Daytime running lights, available Smart Air Suspension for raising and lowering ride height, electronic stability and traction control and four-wheel antilock disc brakes with an electronic parking brake.
The Model S is designed from the ground up to be the safest car on the road. This unique positioning lowers the car’s center of gravity, which improves handling and minimizes rollover risk, and replaces the heavy engine block with impact absorbing boron steel rails.
All Tesla vehicles now have the hardware needed for full self-driving capability.
The vehicles have a camera affixed to the windshield, forward-looking radar, and ultrasonic sensors to provide a buffer zone around the car. This equipment allows vehicles to read road signs and lane markings, and to sense other cars.
Tesla cars with the new hardware will not have automatic emergency braking collision warning, lane holding, and active cruise control, but these will be activated after the features are validated by the end of 2017.
Thanks to the innovations from Mercedes-Benz, reality is catching up with science fiction. All the driving scenarios featured in futuristic movies are now possible and are being tested under real-life conditions with the help of the latest assistance systems from Mercedes-Benz. Driving assistance systems are responsible for merging comfort and safety; they include proximity control, which keeps the desired distance from the vehicle traveling ahead. In addition, the steering assistance system, in the new Mercedes-Benz E- and S-Class, keeps the vehicle in the center of the lane.
Driving assistance systems are responsible for merging comfort and safety; they include proximity control, which keeps the desired distance from the vehicle traveling ahead. In addition, the steering assistance system, in the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class and S-Class, keeps the vehicle in the center of the lane.
Active Lane Keeping can intervene when the driver accidentally crosses a dotted line and the adjacent lane is occupied. Brake Assist with Cross-Traffic Assist can prevent rear-end collisions. The latest version can now recognize pedestrians walking in front of the vehicle and initiate autonomous braking.
Although Mercedes-Benz and Tesla both made admirable strides in their technological progress in the last decade, Mercedes-Benz is way ahead in their autonomous driving capability. Mercedes-Benz already has automatic emergency braking, collision warning, and active cruise control, innovations that Tesla is just now developing. The two are also set apart by the superior power, speed, and dependability of Mercedes-Benz vehicles.