Mercedes E-Class Drive Pilot
Driver sleeps? This mercedes does not matter
Site/Wochit Look, without hands: Daimler’s autopilot in the first motorway test
Site editor Sebastian Viehmann
He is a bit scary, the new Daimler autopilot. And takes some getting used to. But "Piloted driving" offers many advantages – for example, they can never be flashed again.
In addition to the Tesla Model X, the E -Class from Mercedes is one of the first series models that can drive automatically – even if the manufacturers prefer it "Piloted driving" to name. Of the "Drive pilot" the E-Class (as a complete package "Driving assistance plus" To have an additional cost of 2856 euros) works in city traffic and on the highway – up to a maximum speed of 210 km/h.
Keep your distance from ghost
He is not only based on road markings, but also in the front man-and can therefore also have the car in the city and on an invisible leash behind the front men in the stop-and-go traffic:
- keep distance – As usual from the distance control, Distronic, you can set the distance in several stages. Already in city traffic you can leave your hands off the steering wheel and foot from the gas, the Benz brakes independently and automatically starts again. However, you have to stroke a tribute to the legally still to be clarified circumstances of the autonomous driving – again and again over the steering wheel.(Sensors recognize this), so that the car knows: the driver is still there and can intervene at any time.
- Change track: With its radar sensors, the Mercedes gropes its entire environment. If you press the turn signal lever at least two seconds, the car automatically starts overtaking. Another tip on the indicator to the right and he shears in again. If a car drives on the side lane or comes from behind too quickly, the car does not change track-and release the usual dead angle warning if the driver wants to do it manually.
- Somewhat irritating is the fact that the car does not always react to the commands. He doesn’t do that even if the "Autopilot time" Shortly before the process is: a small green steering wheel on the display becomes orange first, then there are several warning tones in a row. The maximum time that the car can roar over the train without any intervention by the driver is one minute.
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- "dead man": We also simulated the scenario (in a phase with correspondingly little traffic), which the driver receives, for example, a heart attack and no longer reacts to the system’s warnings, i.e. neither steering wheel nor pedals do it. The E-Class then did the following: It slowly reduced the speed to the standstill and previously switched on the warning indicator. But she stayed in her trail. The developers did not program automatic driving on the stand – among other things because it could also be attached and the change of lane with brakes is not entirely harmless. In the event of cases, a controlled brake with warning indicators should still be safer than a car that is uncontrollably over the motorway.
- Never be flashed again: Another function that makes the connection of the traffic sign recognition possible by camera and the Drive Pilot is the automatic speed adjustment. Mercedes wasn’t the first, Ford already had the idea.The system automatically detects speed limits and reduces the speed. Since the speed limits are constantly changing on German highways, especially at construction sites, this could help avoid one or the other point in Flensburg. But don’t forget: petting the steering wheel from time to time so that the machine does its job well.
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Of course, all the robot functions have a problem: in case of doubt the driver is always responsible. So there were situations during the test drives in which the electronics reacted a little too slowly or too sluggish for our taste, especially when it came to lane guidance. Simply let the car make it and open the newspaper behind the steering wheel – it is not that far yet. But the way there is definitely not far anymore.
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