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New in the S-Class and
CL-Class: Blind Spot Assist for yet greater safety when changing
Stuttgart - Mercedes-Benz now
offers a newly developed Blind Spot Assist system as an option
for its S and CL-Class models, which is designed to help drivers
when changing lanes.
Mercedes-Benz employs six
short-range radar sensors for the new assistance system, which
can be found in the front and rear bumpers. The sensors monitor
the zone to the side and rear of the car on both the left and
the right. In so doing, they cover the area known as the "blind
spot" which drivers are unable to see in the exterior mirrors.
If the system detects another
vehicle in the danger zone, a red warning symbol appears in the
exterior mirror glass.
This symbol informs the driver
that it may be dangerous to change lanes. Should the driver
ignore this warning and switch on the indicators, the red symbol
in the mirror will start to flash and an audible warning will
Blind Spot Assist is offered for the S and
CL-Class in conjunction with other radar-based assistance systems, such
as DISTRONIC PLUS proximity control, Brake Assist PLUS, the PRE-SAFE®
brake and Parking Guidance. In Germany, this package is priced at
between €2594.20 and €3391.50 (ex factory, incl. VAT).
(Sep 26, 2007)