Pre-Safe will adjust seatbelt tension, tilt seats to an angle that is more favorable to the oncoming crash, and closes the sunroof or side window if the car starts to skid. Of course, if a crash is avoided, the system will reset to it’s previous settings.
On the drive to Paws Up from the airport, I got to experience Lane Keeping Assist when I encountered a large logging truck pulled over on the side of the road. Since the logging truck was occupying the shoulder, I drifted left to give it a little more space. The car sensed that I was crossing the double yellow line and pulled me back towards the center of the lane. At first it was a little startling because I didn’t know this was a feature having just gotten in the car and I was deliberately avoiding the logging truck. But I could see how this could be helpful in helping avoid a collision with oncoming traffic if a driver was drifting off to sleep.
Katja’s Finnish heritage made her a natural on the off-road course having participated in rally racing. Thanks to her confidence on a twisty, rocky, dirt course and standard agility control called Active Curve System, I felt completely safe in the car. Never once did the vehicle seem to falter even around hairpiin turns. Take a look and Katja’s mad off-road driving skills and be forewarned- the course was bumpy!
This optional feature is a braking system that uses radar sensors and cameras to determine a safe distance between the car ahead and is designed to save lives. Distronic Plus beeps to warn drivers that they are approaching a stationary object at various intervals and will automatically apply the brakes if the driver is distracted and not responding quickly enough.
The sensors and cameras serve as monitors to gauge time before impact. At 1.6 seconds before impact, 40% of the car’s braking power will be applied to slow the vehicle down. 0.6 seconds before the collision, 100% of the brakes will be applied. Mercedes has a great testimonial video featuring Vic Gundotra, the Vice President of Engineering at Google, who shared how Distronic Plus saved his life by helping him avoid a collision with a car stopped right in front of him.
- Heated & cooled cup holders for keeping cold drinks cold, coffee and baby bottles hot. Individual metal plates at the bottom of the cup holders can warm and cool!
- 7″ display that is high on the dashboard that helps keep your eyes on the road
- iPad docking station that holds the iPad® in place behind the headrests of the front seats, allowing rear occupants to view while being charged through the vehicle’s electrical system
- Rain sensing intermittent wipers
- Bluetooth interface for hands-free calling and Bluetooth Audio Streaming
- Power Lift Gate in the back that raises at the touch of a button
- Heated front seats
- CD/ DVD / MP3 /AM/ FM/ Weatherband radio
- Automatic headlamps with twilight sensor & locator lighting
The Mercedes Benz M-Class ML350 starts at $48,900 and comes in Black, Obsidian Black, Capri Blue, Arctic White, Steel Grey, Iridium Silver, Palladium Silver, Pearl Beige, Dakota Brown, and Diamond White.
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