It’s easy to glaze over when you hear the word ‘autonomy’ these days given how much it is bandied about the automotive industry.

Nearly every manufacturer claims they are at the forefront of autonomous driving and they’re all testing autonomous mules left, right and centre. But what does it all actually mean for the cars that we can buy today?

2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class to front new engine line-up

Salute then, the updated S-Class, whose autonomous technological advancements are the most notable in some time. Braking for you around bends? Tick. Speeding up again when you’re out the other side? Tick. Slowing down for tolls? Tick. You get the idea. Mercedes has managed to put its money where its mouth is and introduced a car which sets the bar for other manufacturers to live up to, at least for a year or two.