Mercedes-Benz is continuing its long-standing tradition of road safety innovation with the introduction of the new Car-to-X technology, to help raise drivers’ awareness of hazardous locations sooner.
In an industry first, Mercedes-Benz will add the technology to series production vehicles by the end of 2013, while retro-fitting is also possible in many models, as part of its ‘Intelligent Drive’ strategy.
The system enables the exchange of information between individual vehicles as well as between vehicles and traffic infrastructure. Through the use of Car-to-X communication, potential road traffic dangers can be avoided thanks to early detection.
Full system integration in future models will enable drivers and other road users to benefit from additional safety and convenience. Fitted to motorway maintenance vehicles, police or emergency services vehicles, an increased exchange of data between manufacturers would enhance its use.
“With the introduction of Car-to-X technology, we are once again reaffirming our tradition as a safety pioneer, and demonstrating that we are continuing to bring innovations to the roads with benefit for both our customers, and also other road users,” said Prof. Dr. Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development.
Car-to-X technology is able to significantly expand the scope of existing vehicle sensors, such as radar or camera systems. It enables motorists to check blind spots and corners, avoiding potentially dangerous situations.
As an initial step, Mercedes-Benz’s Drive Kit Plus will be used, combining with a smartphone and the Digital DriveStyle app developed by Mercedes-Benz to turn the vehicle into a simultaneous transmitter and receiver of information.
When warning messages are issued in the vicinity of the vehicle, by emergency services or a broken down vehicle for example, the driver receives a warning with the hazard location marked on the map, so their driving can be adjusted accordingly.
In addition to receiving warning messages, information can be shared between vehicles fitted with Car-to-X communication.
Mercedes-Benz passenger cars are able to detect many of these dangers automatically thanks to the seamless integration of the Car-to-X system in the vehicle’s own systems. For dangers which are not detected automatically, or which cannot yet be detected automatically, an efficient manual notification option has been created.