Mercedes-Benz has earned international repute, not only as a luxury vehicle but also as a leader in safety and innovation. Today, Mercedes-Benz vehicles continue to blaze the trail by incorporating creative safety features. Some of the most impressive features in the vehicles are night safety systems.
These systems are meant to keep both the driver and passengers in a Mercedes-Benz safe while driving at night. However, the features go beyond this, offering the same safety to other road users. Mercedes-Benz vehicles have become smart vehicles, with intelligent drive technology that is designed to be vigilant and protective in a variety of driving situations.
Adaptive High Beam Assist
This night safety feature is available in the C, E, S, CLS, GLE, GLS and GLC classes of Mercedes-Benz. The Adaptive High-beam Assist makes use of a camera which scans the road ahead of you with the aim of identifying lights from oncoming vehicles. The system then calculates the position of the vehicles and varies your headlamps accordingly. The result is that you achieve maximum illumination without causing a glare to the other drivers. This goes a long way to reducing the possibility of collisions, effectively keeping you safe when driving at night.
Night View Assist PLUS
This is an innovative night safety system that is available in the S and CLS classes of Mercedes-Benz. The Night View Assist PLUS employs the use of a camera and infrared beams. The system allows you to get a real-time view of the road whenever it is dark. The system can also detect pedestrians on the road, making the headlamps shine towards them so that you can see them properly. The system can also detect cold objects in your path, something that thermal systems do not do.
Active Full-LED Headlamps
Each of the headlamps of the CLS models from 2012 has 72 LEDs to generate sufficient light whenever you are driving at night. The amount of light emitted allows you a clear view as though you were using natural light. When you have a clear view of the road ahead and can recognize any obstacles in your path in good time, the chances of being involved in an accident are reduced. The LED headlamps are also designed to reconfigure their beam pattern depending on the direction you turn the steering wheel, the speed at which you are driving and other traffic.
This feature is not only helpful at night but also during the day and when driving in poor weather. The purpose of the DISTRONIC PLUS is to scan the road ahead to identify slow-moving or stopped traffic. Once the system has identified dangerous conditions, it alerts the driver while at the same time applying 40% braking power. In case the driver does not take any action, the system will automatically apply 100% braking power.
Blind Spot Monitoring
This is another safety feature that is helpful at any time of the day. If a car approaches the driver’s blind spot, the radar mounted on the side of the car will alert the driver. Once you signal to indicate your intention to take a turn, the blind spot monitoring system will flash a light or sound a chime to suggest that you wait before changing your lane. This is an important feature when driving in the dark since it may be even more difficult to see the vehicle in your blind spot.
4MATIC All-Wheel Drive
In case it gets rainy or snowing at night, you may fail to notice when the road gets slick. However, the smart technology of the Mercedes-Benz is designed and built to respond to such situations. The 4MATIC all-wheel drive will ensure that there is added traction and control. This will not only give you the peace of mind you need when driving but also keep you safe.
PRE-SAFE Brake with Pedestrian Detection
Mercedes-Benz manufacturers know that it may be difficult to see slow-moving and standing bicyclists and pedestrians. To keep the occupants of your car as well as other road users safe, the manufacturer developed a pedestrian detection system. The car will warn the driver about the impending collision before proceeding to apply brakes automatically.
Active Lane Keeping Assist
When driving in the dark, drivers may not be able to see the lane markers on the road. The Active Lane Keeping Assist will warn the driver when they are about to drift from their lane. The system will cause the steering wheel to vibrate. In newer versions of these cars, the system can detect overtaking and an oncoming vehicle and also pull the vehicle back to the right lane.
With the innovative night safety assist systems of the Mercedes-Benz, your safety when driving in the dark or in areas with poor visibility is greatly enhanced. Mercedes-Benz continues to reaffirm its commitment to not only provide you the ultimate experience in luxury but also to keep you safe on the roads.