Fresh from its European debut at the Geneva Motor Show, here’s another look at the W213 Mercedes-Benz E-Class. This time, the new E-Class stars in a video put together by its makers to demonstrate the model’s various autonomous driving features – particularly to do with parking.
As reported in our launch coverage of the model, the new E-Class welcomes the debut of Mercedes-Benz’s Remote Parking Pilot technology. Just like in the G11/12 BMW 7 Series, drivers will be able to remotely call on the E-Class to enter or exit a parking space via a mobile app.
Demonstrated in the video, the E-Class is summoned out of the garage via a mobile device loaded with the Mercedes me connect application. Mercedes-Benz says that the simple reasoning behind this ability is to prevent drivers from having to squeeze themselves out or in to a car that’s parked in a tight spot.
The next feature showcased in the clip is the Parking Pilot with Rear Cross Traffic Alert. Exiting a perpendicular parking space and facing forwards, the E-Class driver’s view is obstructed from seeing what is beyond the vehicle next to him. The Rear Cross Traffic Alert system notifies the driver of any oncoming objects or vehicles, and autonomously applies the brakes to prevent a collision with the cyclist.
Moving along, the W213’s Active Parking Assist is demonstrated next. The driver is seen going past a parallel parking space which the E-Class identifies as being fit to park itself. The vehicle then takes over the steering and summons a bird’s-eye view via its 360-degree camera on to the media display screen.
Drivers need only to manage the acceleration and braking, and follow the visual and acoustic instructions. What the video here doesn’t show is the Active Parking Assist’s ability to also exit a parking space.
As for the W213 featured in the video itself, what you’re looking at is an E 350 d Exclusive Line variant. Powered by a 3.0 litre V6 turbodiesel engine, the Euro 6-compliant mill produces 258 hp and 620 Nm.
The new E-Class is also the beneficiary of several new Mercedes-Benz technologies, including a 9G-Tronic nine-speed auto transmission, the latest generation COMAND Online and Drive Pilot — which we understand is very close to unleashing fully-autonomous driving capabilities in the W213.
We’ve previously reported that the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class is expected to reach our shores in the third quarter of 2016. Stay tuned to paultan.org for more updates.
GALLERY: W213 Mercedes-Benz E-Class