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Car Critic Alex Roy’s In Depth Look at Mercedes Drive Assist


Mercedes Benz’s 2017 E Class Drive Assist

Alex Roy burnt the midnight oil to deeply test and analyze the benefits and problems of Mercedes’ new top of the line Driver Assist mechanics which were a big step towards self driving cars. To put things briefly, he rather approved of a great many features Mercedes had progressed on and implemented well, but also lamented some critical failures of the system which he considered unsafe.

When push comes to shove though, the car’s features were mostly good, and with the right dedication you can toggle settings for achieving your perfect level of assistance while driving.

Unfortunately a lot of us who don’t have a new Mercedes will be missing out on some excellent life and fender saving technology.


What follows is a full review, as promised, of the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class’s Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), including the new Drive Pilot feature and what Mercedes calls “semi-automated” driving features. This is a follow-up to my original and disputed comparison of this technology suite to Tesla’s Autopilot semi-autonomous driving capabilities.

I note that this test included, over the course of one week, about 250 miles of real-world testing in a top-of-the-line E-Class with Premium 3 Package; 400 pages read (and re-read) of the E-Class owner’s manual; heavy perusal of the company’s website and public statements regarding Drive Pilot; and two undercover visits to dealerships to ask questions of the sales people. Continue Reading

image via thedrive.com


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