Intent on preventing drivers from making what could easily become the ultimate fatal error, Mercedes-Benz has developed a new safety system that warns when a vehicle is in danger of being accidently directed to travel against the direction of traffic. Dubbed Mercedes-Benz Intelligent Drive, it's capable of recognizing pertinent no-entry/wrong-way road signage and providing both visual and aural notifications to alert the driver of this situation.
Set for introduction on versions of the all-new S-Class and updated E-Class, Intelligent Drive gathers information via a camera mounted behind the windshield that's then compared to data from the vehicle's navigation system which is subsequently sent along to the car's on-board electronics computer controller. When Intelligent Drive senses the vehicle is about to pass a prohibitory warning sign, it responds with three loud beeps as well as illuminating a red "no-entry" symbol in the central instrument display. Should weather conditions overtax the system's ability to effectively "read" the relevant road signage, it automatically delivers a "temporarily unavailable" notification until it can come back up to operational spec.
In commenting on the new Intelligent Drive, Professor Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development noted: "On our journey towards the vision of accident-free driving, Mercedes-Benz orientates itself on real-life accident situations in order to provide the best possible protection to all road users. The very idea that we will be using the Mercedes-Benz Intelligent Drive system to reduce the risk of vehicles unintentionally travelling against the flow of traffic once again brings us one big step closer to this goal."
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