Mercedes-Benz is expanding its Driving Assistance package with a new Active Lane Change Assist feature, which will first be seen on its coming W213 Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

The new radar- and camera-based feature is capable of actively performing a highway lane change all on its own. It does so by using a long-range radar system and a stereo camera to monitor the area in front of the vehicle, while its multi-mode radar sensors permanently check its rear and sides.

Both systems are also capable of factoring in the speed of detected vehicles in the vicinity. To engage the system, drivers need only to activate the turn indicator for more than two seconds before the car takes over to perform the lane change in either direction.

W213 Mercedes-Benz E-Class interior

The system will only be available for use on multi-lane roads and at speeds between 80 to 180 km/h when the Steering Pilot system is activated. If the system detects an oncoming vehicle that may interfere, it will not engage the lane change.

The automaker stressed that nearly 15% of all accidents on German roads happen between two vehicles travelling in the same direction, almost 20% of them resulting from collisions when changing lanes.

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