The Mercedes E-Class news continues as the company has announced the upcoming sedan will be offered with a new Active Lane Change Assist system.

The Mercedes E-Class news continues as the company has announced the upcoming sedan will be offered with a new Active Lane Change Assist system.

Set to become part of the optional Driving Assistance package, Active Lane Change Assist is a radar- and camera-based assistance system that helps the driver to change lanes. 

When the turn indicator is activated for more than two seconds, the system automatically steers the car into the intended lane.  Before this occurs, the system uses a camera and long-range radar to look for vehicles in front of the E-Class as well as multi-mode radar sensors to check for vehicles behind and to the sides of the model.  If the coast is clear, the car will autonomously change lanes.

The system will only work under certain conditions and at speeds between 49-111 mph (80-190 km/h).  In order to use the feature, the car will have to have Steering Pilot active, be traveling on a multi-lane road (as detected by the navigation system), and be traveling next to an adjacent lane (as determined by the camera).

Mercedes says the system will significantly increase driving comfort and help to prevent collisions.  Speaking of the latter, the company notes nearly 15 percent of accidents on German roads happen between vehicles travelling in the same direction and nearly 20 percent of those are a result of lane changes.

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Mercedes E-Class to feature a new Active Lane Change Assist system