The 2011 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class is not only the company’s flagship coupe, it is also one that introduces two new stat-of-the-art safety features using radar, camera and sensor technology. The two new features, known as Active Lane Keeping Assist and Active Blind Spot Assist, both help drivers avoid danger through corrective braking.
Active Lane Keeping Assist uses a multi-purpose camera mounted in the windshield and a computer that analyzes the images. The system reads the lane markings and alerts the driver by simulating rumble strip vibrations in the steering wheel if the car drifts from its lane unintentionally. If the driver ignores the warning, the system jumps in and provides gentle braking on the opposite side of the car, which causes unequal distribution of braking forces causing the car to stay in its lane.
The Active Blind Spot Assist monitors both blind spots alongside the vehicle using close-range radar sensors. When a vehicle is detected in the blind sport of a driver, a yellow warning triangle is illuminated in the corresponding side-view mirror. If the driver ignores the warning, the warning triangle changes to red and a warning sound comes on. If the driver continues to ignore these warnings (at that point his license should be revoked), the system activates corrective braking to like the Active Lane Keeping Assist.
The 2011 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class goes on sale in the United States in fall of 2010.
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– By: Omar Rana