The 2013 Mercedes-Benz S-Class will likely get a camera-based pedestrian detection system and additional safety tech.
While all of today’s systems use radar for detecting road obstacles, the system in the new S-Class will initially use radar to identify potential hazards. Cameras, which are more efficient at interpreting the visual data than radar, will then analyze the information to figure out if the potential dangers are real or not.
Developed by Continental, this camera-based pedestrian detection system is the first of its kind. It is more accurate than current systems as the camera can prevent unnecessary activation of the automatic braking function. This system is also good for detecting pedestrians located behind parked vehicles.
It will work together with Emergency Steer Assist for helping drivers swerve around an obstacle whenever there’s an emergency. In milliseconds it can calculate the optimum evasive maneuver line and also assist the inputs coming from the electric power steering motor.
The Continental-developed Emergency Brake Assist system will be updated for the next-gen S-Class, allowing automatic braking from up to 44 mph (70 km/h) compared to the current system’s 19 mph (30 km/h) capabilities.