The new S-Class Coupé perceives its surroundings more intensively, precisely and quickly than any other car in its class. A stereo camera can capture crossing objects and pedestrians in 3D and calculate their path. Intelligent algorithms evaluate this information and are thus able to detect and classify oncoming vehicles, vehicles ahead, crossing vehicles, pedestrians and various types of traffic signs and road markings over a wide visual range. Consequently, numerous safety and assistance systems, which depend on the vehicle’s level of equipment, can almost autonomously record and analyse a wide range of traffic situations and initiate measures to assist the driver.
The optional 360° camera system makes parking and manoeuvring with a realistic all-round view possible with the help of four networked short-range cameras. A bird’s-eye view of the vehicle and its surroundings can be displayed on the COMAND Online screen. Obstacles below the window line are also visible to the driver. This is helpful, for example, when approaching kerbs. One camera is mounted in the radiator grille at the front; there is one in each exterior mirror and one in the centre of the boot lid. Various views additionally show guide lines to make parking easier. The rear camera is protected against soiling by the large Mercedes star on the boot lid. When the 360° camera is activated, the star folds up electrically.
The optional head-up display complements this system perfectly by projecting important driver information as a virtual image directly in the driver’s field of vision. To the driver, the information appears to be hovering around two metres in front of them above the bonnet. Information is shown vividly on a 31.2 cm high-resolution display.
To ensure that the wealth of new technologies and functions add real value, we have developed a new control concept. In addition to the COMAND Controller and the LINGUATRONIC voice-operated control system, the new S-Class Coupé is equipped with an optional touchpad that allows numerous telematics services to be controlled intuitively and astonishingly easily. As with a smartphone, you can navigate through the menu using one- or two-finger gestures. The system even recognises your handwriting. This haptic experience likewise enhances driving safety, since intuitive ergonomics leave you free to concentrate on driving the car.