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The Mercedes S-Class Has Technology Features That Will Blow Your Mind, Including Its Wonderful Augmented Reality

11 Apr 2023

When the Mercedes S-Class was released back in 2020, it blew everybody’s minds with its technology features that have no limits. One of its coolest features was its augmented reality. What is augmented reality exactly? It’s an interactive experience that merges the digital information generated by a computer with the real world of the user. In other terms, Mercedes S-Class uses its digital information about the road in front of you to give you the best driving experience through a Head-Up Display. 

What Happens Exactly When You Use the Augmented Reality Head-Up Display?

What Happens Exactly When You Use the Augmented Reality Head-Up Display?

The Mercedes S-Class has plenty of safety features, such as the Lane Keep Assist, Lane Departure Warning, Active Distance Assist, and many more. Most of these systems usually appear operating on the digital instrument cluster, such as the Lane Keep Assist. However, Mercedes has decided to integrate them in the Head-Up Display through Augmented Reality, by making them appear right in front of the driver in 3D mode above the dashboard. So, when you’re driving your luxurious Mercedes S-Class, an animation will appear on the road you’re looking at right in front you and guide you through your journey. It’s a normal navigation system; the lane that your car is on will appear on your huge central screen (thanks to the front camera), with arrows and icons that will guide you to the roads that you shall take.

For example, let’s start with the Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC:

When approaching to a car in front of you, an animation will recognize it, point at it (with an arrow that will appear right in front of you above your steering wheel), and indicate that it’s close to warn you from not getting too close to it.

Active Lane Assist

Active Lane Assist

It’s an active system that will help you stay on the right lane so that you don’t get out of your road to avoid collisions and distractions. In front of you will appear an animation that will recognize the road in front of you and warn you if you get out of the lane’s borders or approach to them. You’ll also see the road on your central screen, and the arrows will guide you to stay on the lane.

Augmented Reality Navigation

Augmented Reality Navigation

This is my favorite part, where arrows will appear in front of you to lead you to your destination. In other terms, your navigation system will help you by giving you 3D signs when to take a turn and which road to take, by showing 3D arrows pointing to a specific direction to lead you to the destination you’re aiming to get to through your navigation system. This will prevent the confusion that a navigation system usually causes (of course, you’ve suffered from it with Google Maps before).

By combining those safety systems with the augmented reality, the driving experience would be more comfortable and easier as everything will appear more real to you. This will enhance the connection and the understanding between you and your Mercedes S-Class.

Traffic Sign Assist

The Traffic Sign Assist is another intelligent system that Mercedes S-Class uses to help you have a safer ride. It also makes sure of the pedestrians’ safety. When there’s a traffic sign, your Mercedes S-Class is able to detect it. Thus, the same traffic sign’s picture will appear in your head-up display system and on your instrument cluster, so that the system makes sure you saw the saw. For example, the Traffic Sign Assist Crosswalk Alert will alert you to watch for pedestrians by showing up pedestrian signs on your digital instrument panel and in front of you in 3D mode.

Hani Moustafa

BY Hani Moustafa

Hani started his career in Automotive Journalism when he was 10 years old as a talented photographer for automotive, hanging around cars all the time has created a passion for the automotive industry since day 1.

He is now a full time auto journalist and content creator for Motor 283.

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