2013 Mercedes-Benz S-Class, confirmed tech details revealed

Mercedes-Benz new assistance systems 19.11.2012
Mercedes-Benz new assistance systems 19.11.2012

Sensors galore

[UPDATED] Press release and photos added.

The 2013 Mercedes-Benz S-Class will continue the tradition of its predecessors, promising to deliver a raft of new tech.

It will feature Distronic Plus adaptive cruise control with Steering Assist that can sense when the driver has a hand on the steering wheel and will automatically steer to keep the vehicle in lane, along with accelerating and braking on its own when driving at speeds between 19 mph (30 km/h) and 124 mph (199 km/h).

The new S-Class will get an updated automatic emergency braking system that will work at speeds of up to 45 mph (72 km/h) and will be capable of recognizing the traffic crossing in front of the vehicle. In addition, a traffic sign recognition system has also been developed that can read speed limit signs, upcoming lane closuers and no entry signs.

The Attention Assist system has also been revamped and will be capable of monitoring the driver's drowsiness at speeds between 37 mph (59 km/h) and 124 mph (199 km/h). Thanks to several ultrasound sensors, the new S-Class will be able to park itself.

There's also a multi-mode rear sensor that can detect if a car is about to hit the back of the S-Class. When another car is approaching, the stationed S-Class will flash the indicators and if it detects impact it automatically holds the brakes in order to avoid a second collision.

The camera-based pedestrian detection system developed by Continental is also part of the package.

Further details are available in the source link below.


It first started ten years ago with PRE-SAFE® and continued with DISTRONIC PLUS, and in the space of the next few years it's due to take motoring into a whole new dimension at Mercedes-Benz: comfort and safety merged together as one, opening up all sorts of new prospects for motorists and car developers alike. Mercedes-Benz calls it "Intelligent Drive" – the next generation of the new S-Class will already boast an array of new systems designed to make driving an even safer and more comfortable experience.

Ever since the brand's earliest origins, the current flagship model from Mercedes-Benz has assumed a very special role - not just for the company,but for the automotive world as a whole. Because the S-Class has never ceased to keep raising technological standards, it has come to be a role model with symbolic status. A decade ago, PRE-SAFE® ushered in a new era of vehicle safety with the advent of technology that was able to detect the risk of an accident occurring in advance and prepare both vehicle and passengers for a possible collision. For the first time, active and passive safety technology worked together in synergy.

The next S-Class, which is receiving its premiere next year, will once again play its part as a trailblazer, as clearly exemplified by a preview of its innovative safety, assistance and lighting systems at the "Intelligent Drive" TecDay.

"The intelligent assistance systems of the future will be able to analyse complex situations and recognise potential dangers out on the road with the aid of improved environment sensor systems even more accurately than today," explains Prof. Dr. Thomas Weber, Member of the Daimler Board of Management responsible for Group Research and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars Development. "Figuratively speaking, the next S-Class won't just have eyes at the front; it will have 360-degree all-round vision." Of crucial importance in this respect is the networking of all systems, or "sensor fusion" as the safety experts call it. Mercedes-Benz is continually enhancing the performance capabilities of its assistance systems with the aim of ensuring comprehensive protection, not just for the occupants of a Mercedes-Benz, but for all other road users, too.

The new systems hold tremendous potential for either preventing accidents or mitigating their consequences according to Prof. Weber: "Take, for instance, the new BAS PLUS assistance system with Cross-Traffic Assist. The results of our accident research based on the data from the GIDAS (German In-Depth Accident Study) indicate that it couldeither prevent or lessen the severity of 27 percent of all accidents at road junctions resulting in personal injury. That equates to some 20,000 accidents a year in Germany alone."

Here is a summary of the new assistance systems and those with notably enhanced functionality:

  • DISTRONIC PLUS with Steering Assist helps the driver to guidethe vehicle in its lane and can even follow the vehicle in front in slow-moving traffic automatically.
  • For the first time, the Brake Assist system BAS PLUS with Cross-Traffic Assist is able to detect cross traffic and also pedestrians, and if necessary boost the braking power applied by the driver accordingly.
  • PRE-SAFE® Brake can detect pedestrians and initiate autonomous braking to avoid a collision at speeds up to 50 km/h.
  • PRE-SAFE® PLUS can recognise an imminent rear-end collision, prompting the PRE-SAFE® system to trigger occupant protection measures. It can also firmly apply the stationary vehicle's brakes in the event of a rear-end collision to prevent secondary accidents.
  • With PRE-SAFE® Impulse, the driver and front passenger are pulled away from the direction of impact by their seat belts at an early phase of the crash before the resulting occupant deceleration starts to increase. This can substantially reduce the risk and severity of injuries in a frontal collision.
  • Active Lane Keeping Assist can detect oncoming traffic and when the adjacent lane is not clear, and prevent the vehicle from leaving its lane unintentionally by applying the brakes on one side.
  • Adaptive Highbeam Assist PLUS allows the main-beam headlamps to be kept on permanently without dazzling traffic by masking out other vehicles in the beams' cone of light.
  • Night View Assist PLUS can alert the driver to the potential danger posed by pedestrians or animals in unlit areas in front of the vehicle by automatically switching from the speedometer display to a crystal-sharp night view image and highlighting the source of danger. A spotlight function is furthermore able to flash at pedestrians detected ahead.
  • ATTENTION ASSIST can warn of inattentiveness and drowsiness in an extended speed range and notify the driver of their current state of fatigue and the driving time since the last break, as well as offering an adjustable sensitivity setting.

The safety experts from Mercedes-Benz developed and fine-tuned the new safety systems during countless test runs, but they also proved their effectiveness and acceptance with test subjects in the in-house "Moving Base" driving simulator. With its 360° screen, fast electric power system and the twelve-metre-long rail for transverse or longitudinal movements, the simulator is one of the most powerful of its kind in the entire automotive industry.

In addition to this, Mercedes-Benz is further increasing protection for passengers in the rear with the active seat-belt buckleand thebeltbag. In contrast to many other manufacturers, the seat belts in the rear already include belt tensioners and belt force limiters today.

The new S-Class will also live up to its pioneering reputation when it comes to lighting technology. It is the first vehicle in the world to do without a single light bulb as standard. "With its long life and a headlamp colour temperature resembling daylight, LED technology already had a great deal in its favour," remarks Prof. Weber. "Now, though, our engineers have made great advances where energy efficiency is concerned too, reducing power consumption to a quarter of that of conventional headlamps." The lighting's multi-level functionality is another world first: out of consideration for any road users behind, the intensity of the brake lights is reduced at night-time or while waiting at traffic lights.

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AntonAlexandrovichKoryagin AntonAlexandrovichKoryagin
Dec 11th, 2012 9:40pm
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SouthAfrica SouthAfrica
Technology is developing too fast for me to catch up,if its not in the mobile phones or kitchen gizmos its the (german) cars.
Nov 22nd, 2012 1:58pm
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Lutzie Lutzie
I really want that lighter-than-air B-Class!
Nov 21st, 2012 8:53am
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Ivo_205 Ivo_205
How long before we'll get a "Man falls asleep at 140km/h, wakes up in surprise at doorstep" headline?
Nov 20th, 2012 10:51am
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Automophile6683 Automophile6683
This car is as close to autonomous as you can get without driving itself. Soon it won't even need a steering wheel.
Nov 19th, 2012 9:52pm
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Automophile6683 Automophile6683
i don't know about anyone else but i enjoy driving. If i had the money i would have one of these to go from place to place, i'd have a C63 AMG coupe black series for the pleasure of driving.
Nov 19th, 2012 9:55pm
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freeway freeway
honestly, I agree with you and also this moment (driving itself) will probably come sooner than we think. And yes, I'm a fan of driving too, but... well, the future belongs to these cars (sooner or later)... when our grandchildren will probably lough seeing how we drive cars today...
Nov 20th, 2012 12:37pm
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MercLeRoux MercLeRoux
The S-class has always been the class leader in every respect but especially technology, and the new one is cementing its title as a technological tour de force, it has truly amazing technology that is genuinely clever... This car showcases the future but also shows that without a doubt Mercedes is at the fore front of car technology, every other manufacturer will copy them, but Merc fans knows whose the best ;) I cannot wait to see it, does anyone know when they will reveal it?
Nov 19th, 2012 5:55pm
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alamak alamak
Reliability record for 'being the newest in technology' is not great. You are right about every other car manufacturer will copy them, but its always when the technology has matured, pretty reliable, and the cost is substantially down. Of course if you can afford to buy the S-Class brand new, reliability should not be a problem because all this technology usually are pretty good the first few years. And being the rich, always leases or just change their cars every few years. That's why the S-class is dirt cheap on the used car market. But as always, the S-class is indeed the leader in the ultra lux market with the newest gadgets.
Nov 20th, 2012 3:49am
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benz_man benz_man
Not so much, actually. 7s are known to be a used nightmare. Excluding the previous S (W220), S classes have been known to hold up rather well over time, and the resale value is pretty decent. People only think back one generation of S and make statements like yours, but the majority of them have continued to be reliable, comfortable, safe transportation for many a year. There are still QUITE a few W126s roaming the roads...
Nov 20th, 2012 6:03am
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buruchaga buruchaga
They didn't say any thing about photocromic door and back windows.
Nov 19th, 2012 4:24pm
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Cohiba-lover06 Cohiba-lover06
if you feel that you need all these assistants, better stay home with your tinfoil hat. They ARE coming to get you! Ridiculous. ABS, EDC, all that`s needed foe ACTIVE security, I am all for it. If I cannot order that (obviously nice) vehicle w/o all these gimmicks, I do not want it at all. Fortunately the mile long pricelist at Benz might just accomodate me.
Nov 19th, 2012 3:49pm
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efgh efgh
agree 100%
Nov 19th, 2012 4:59pm
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NenadMitrovic NenadMitrovic
You may not need it, but it can save your life.
Nov 20th, 2012 2:56am
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Cohiba-lover06 Cohiba-lover06
In case of a crash, guilty or not as a matter of public record your adversary can claim the cars data as evidence. Snitchmobile.
Nov 19th, 2012 3:40pm
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Cohiba-lover06 Cohiba-lover06
You will be recorded, cuddled and scanned 2.000 times per second after you push the engine start button. Pass. What`s next? Reading the speed limitations and ENFORCING them no matter how hard you stomp the mushroom? If you do not comply, your own car writes you a ticket? Give me a CAR, not a nanny.
Nov 19th, 2012 3:37pm
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Amgforlife Amgforlife
And Thats ladies & gentlemen is the emperor of its class
Nov 19th, 2012 3:11pm
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CanOzcivelek CanOzcivelek
Wooww! True leader if its class. True identity of Mercedes-Benz! Always the best!!!
Nov 19th, 2012 2:26pm
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fsnas fsnas
i wish i had money just to say " SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY"
Nov 19th, 2012 2:26pm
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automobile007 automobile007
can't wait for this car! best of the best!
Nov 19th, 2012 2:23pm
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