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New Safety Technologies actively keep 2011 Mercedes CL Class in the Right Lane
Two new safety technologies -- Active Lane Keeping Assist and Active Blind Spot Assist – have been added to the 2011 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class. Active Lane Keeping Assist monitors the road ahead with an on-board camera. If the attached computer sees the vehicle veering outside the lane line, it notifies the driver via vibrating their steering wheel. If the driver does not, or cannot, respond after a certain period of time, the system selectively applies brakes to “nudge” the CL back into the lane. Active Blind Spot Assist, on the other hand, flashes a warning sign to alert the driver if it detects a vehicle in the CL’s blind spot. Again, if the driver fails to respond appropriately, the sedan will use the brakes help move the vehicle from being hit (or, at the very least, minimize any damage in a resulting collision.) Full press release can be found below. Mercedes-Benz Debuts New Active Safety Technology 2 011 CL-Class Showcases Corrective Braking July 14, 2010 - MONTVALE, NJ The restyled CL-Class boasts two new safety features based on state-of-the-art radar, camera and sensor technology. Renowned as the flagship coupe from Mercedes-Benz, the 2011 CL-Class debuts Active Lane Keeping Assist and Active Blind Spot Assist, both designed to help the driver avoid danger through corrective braking. Building on the innovative technologies introduced last year on the E- and S-Class, the CL-Class now showcases the height of safety technology form Mercedes-Benz including features such as ATTENTION ASSIST, PRE-SAFE Brake with automatic emergency braking, and Night View Assist PLUS with Pedestrian Detection. The 2011MY CL-Class will make its U.S. debut in Fall 2010. Active Lane Keeping Assist Using a multi-purpose camera mounted in the windshield and a computer that analyzes the images, Active Lane Keeping Assist recognizes lane markings and alerts the driver by simulating rumble strip vibrations in the steering wheel (via an electric motor) if the car drifts from its lane unintentionally. Should the driver fail to react to this warning, the car intervenes by gently braking the wheels on the opposite side of the car. The unequal distribution of braking forces causes a yaw movement which helps the driver to stay in their lane. Active Lane Keeping Assist makes use of the existing ESP® (Electronic Stability Program) system to apply the brakes and maintain vehicle control. Active Blind Spot Assist The second innovation on the 2011 CL-Class, Active Blind Spot Assist, monitors both blind spots alongside the vehicle using close-range radar sensors. When a vehicle is detected, a yellow warning triangle is illuminated in the corresponding side-view mirror. Should the driver disregard this warning and activate the turn indicator, the warning triangle changes to red and an audible warning also sounds. If the driver continues to ignore these warnings and moves dangerously close to a neighboring vehicle, the system activates corrective braking intervention to the wheels of the opposite side of the vehicle. Like Active Lane Keeping Assist, the yaw movement helps correct the car’s path or minimize the consequences of a collision. About Mercedes-Benz USA Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA), headquartered in Montvale, New Jersey, is responsible for the sales, marketing and service of all Mercedes-Benz and Maybach products in the United States. For more than forty years, MBUSA has taken pride in its commitment to the customer by providing superior quality luxury vehicles coupled with outstanding customer support. A division of Daimler AG, MBUSA is also responsible for the distribution, marketing and customer service of Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans in the US. More information on MBUSA and its products can be found at www.mbusa.com, www.maybachusa.com and www.mbsprinterusa.com. Accredited journalists can connect with and follow us at: Media Site: www.media.mbusa.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/mbusapressoffice Twitter: www.twitter.com/MBUSA¬_News via Mercedes-Benz
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