The 2016 Mercedes E-Class is the first Mercedes-Benz model to receive Drive Pilot.
A development of the German car maker’s existing Distronic cruise control system, Drive Pilot enhances the optional autonomous driving function available on the outgoing model by being able to follow the vehicle in front at speeds of up to 130mph. Up to 81mph, the system is able to intervene with braking or steering functions in order to avoid collisions even if road markings are non-existent.
The new E-Class also offers Speed Limit Pilot, which automatically adjusts the speed of the vehicle in relation to posted speed limits, as detected by a stereo camera mounted within the windscreen and logged into the navigation system. Another new system is Active Lane Change Assist, which is able to autonomously perform a lane change when the driver has activated the indicator for more than two seconds and sensors detect the adjacent lane is unoccupied.
The new E-Class also comes with optional Remote Parking Pilot, allowing it to be manoeuvred into and out of parking spaces and garages remotely using a smartphone app after the driver has stepped out of the car.