New S-Class is being seen by Mercedes-Benz as an important crossroads on the way towards the development of a car capable of being driven without driver intervention
One feature that shows this more than any other is the optional Distronic Plus with Stop & Go Pilot. The system reduces rear-end collisions, lowers fuel consumption. It works by automatically ensuring that the car follows the vehicle in front - braking, accelerating, even steering autonomously so the driver can relax in traffic jams and other such slow-moving conditions. With a series of cameras and sensors the car can see and hear in all directions at the same time, and predict movements of other cars.
There's also a system that reads the road and adjusts the suspension automatically to flatten out bumps that may lie ahead. Other safety items spot the risk of a rear end collision and deploy belt tensioners to reduce injury.
Many owners are chauffeur-driven, so the new S-Class is offered in standard and long-wheel versions.
A new GLA is set to arrive in March, followed by a new C-Class in May/June (this is a combination between S-Class and CLA).