Mercedes-Benz Intelligent Drive
Active Parking Assist
Parking as if by magic.
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With Active Parking Assist from Mercedes-Benz the vehicle seeks an appropriate parking space on its own initiative and manoeuvres into the space automatically at the push of a button, with the driver required only to operate the accelerator and brake.
At speeds of less than 36 km/h, Active Parking Assist starts the automatic search for parking spaces – The adaptive brake lights warn vehicles behind by flashing rapidly in the event of sharp braking. The hazard warning lights are also activated automatically in emergency braking situations. In this way, following traffic can react more quickly and the risk of an accident can be reduced.The driver stays in control of the accelerator and brake at all times. If the vehicle approaches an obstacle while you are parking automatically, the vehicle can stop automatically, thus helping to avoid troublesome parking damage. Also, Active Parking Assist can manoeuvre the vehicle out of the parallel or perpendicular parking space again independently, with automatic steering and braking, if it was parked automatically before.
For the purposes of automatic parking, the ultrasonic sensors of the PARKTRONIC system measure the distance to the vehicle in front and behind. The driver retains control of the vehicle throughout the parking process and is required only to regulate the speed with the accelerator or brake pedal. After a few brief manoeuvres, the vehicle is duly parked facing in the driving direction.
The adaptive brake lights are activated in the event of sharp braking from speeds above 50 km/h, for example, because Brake Assist (BAS) was triggered. Drivers behind are warned in good time by the rapidly flashing brake lights and can therefore react more quickly. The hazard warning lights activate automatically when the vehicle slows from a speed of over 70 km/h to a standstill during emergency braking.
Active Parking Assist incorporates a total of ten ultrasonic sensors – six in the front bumper and four in the rear bumper – together with an electronic control unit which processes the sensor signals and calculates the ideal path into the parking space. This information is relayed to the electro-mechanical power steering system, whose electric motor performs the necessary steering movements automatically. The system operates with extreme precision: a parking space just 1.2 metres longer than the vehicle is sufficient for the automatic parking process.