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The autonomous car concept has been a hot topic this year, as more and more people realize that it is something that could hit the market next year if manufacturers believe autonomous models will sale enough.

An interview with Joe Mosier from Adsit gave insight on the market outlining the various interest groups regarding autonomous cars and his personal experience with Mercedes “puritans” who are likely to never give up their control of the road.

 

When self-driving cars made waves several years ago, they seemed like a very far off type of fantasy.  Well, companies like Tesla and Mercedes, BMW and others have made quantum jumps in technology and safety towards the end goal of an autonomous vehicle.

Of course, we have all heard about the unfortunate accident that happened in a Tesla, which was the first recorded death in a vehicle of that kind.

Tesla and Elon Musk have long been tickling our fancies about what it would mean to have that much more free time during your daily commute or road trip. Sadly a DVD player was found in the deceased’s vehicle and a truck driver says he saw Harry Potter playing on the screen right before the accident. Continue Reading

In Alabama, Mercedes-Benz has teamed up with the Alabama State Troopers to promote good seatbelt practices. The primary goal out of the awareness campaign is to get drivers buckle up no matter the distance of their drive – many people don’t put their seatbelt on for quick trips.

To make your driving even safer, make sure to keep your tires properly inflated, the brakes are good working order, and that the tread on your tires is hasn’t become smooth.

 

The Mercedes-Benz plant in Tuscaloosa County is teaming up with Alabama State Troopers to promote seatbelt safety awareness.

On Monday morning, ALEA used a special rollover simulator at the Vance Mercedes Plant to kick off the annual Safety Awareness Week. Trooper Reginald King says that using the simulator as a visual aide is important to show how deadly it can be when motorists don’t buckle up behind the wheel.

“Well, hopefully, it will remind people to buckle up each and every time no matter how short the distance you travel. You want to take that extra 2 to 3 seconds to properly buckle that seatbelt,” King said. Continue Reading

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class has been added to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick list. This makes it a great choice for those of you who might live in an area with bad roads or even worse drivers. Still, don’t let this make you a careless driver less you feel like investing in Mercedes-Benz body parts.

 

The midsize crossover has earned ‘good’ ratings in each of the institute’s crash scenarios, including the small-overlap impact. The marks essentially carry over from the 2014 M-Class, which had received stronger door sills and other reinforcements to improve performance in the small-overlap trial.

“Measures from the dummy indicate that injuries to the left lower leg would be possible in a crash of this severity,” the IIHS observed in the small-overlap test. “The risk of significant injuries to other body regions is low.”

The GLE-Class comes standard with an advanced-rated automatic emergency braking system, which avoided a collision at 12 mph but only halved the vehicle’s speed when approaching an obstacle at 25 mph. Continue Reading

Daimler, which you should recognize as the parent company to Mercedes-Benz, will be adding a new system to Benz trucks called Active Brake Assist 4 (ABA 4). The system will warn drivers of potential collisions with pedestrians and bicyclists, and will begin partial braking. ABA 4 detects these obstacles up to 250 meters away as far as other vehicles are concerned. When it comes to pedestrians, they can be detected up to 80 meters away. When it comes to people on bicycles or smaller vehicles like mopeds or motorcycles, they can be detected between 250 and 80 meters away and averages out to about 160 meters.

Along with Active Brake Assist 4, Mercedes-Benz trucks will be adding another system called Sideguard Assist. Sideguard Assist, like ABA 4, uses radar sensors on the sides of the truck to let the driver know if objects – other vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists, etc. – are present. The warning comes in the form of an LED flashing at the edge of  the windshield, which  will draw attention to the driver in a manner that will help see and locate whatever might be on the side. This is especially beneficial when changing lanes and is being implemented for that reason.

On a similar note, click here if you need brakes for your Mercedes-Benz.

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