Mercedes-Benz Driver Assistance Systems: Quick facts: Did You Know That…

Sindelfingen, May 2, 2017 –

Mercedes-Benz Driver Assistance Systems: Quick facts: Did you know that…

…Genius, the educational initiative by Daimler, also gives teachers further training in safety technology? For example, there are classes in “Sensors and Actuators” for secondary level I (fifth to tenth grades). The material covers driving assistance and safety systems such as distance control, ABS and airbags, as well as Attention Assist and Blind Spot Assist. Daimler’s intention with its educational initiative Genius is to encourage the enthusiasm of children and adolescents for science and technology.

…the S 500 INTELLIGENT DRIVE research vehicle, nicknamed “Bertha”? In 2013, the S-Class with near-series technology covered the historic Bertha Benz route from Mannheim to Pforzheim autonomously.

…the research laboratory moovel lab presented a children’s book on autonomous driving at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2016? “Where Do Cars Go at Night?” is the title of this 25-page English-language book designed to encourage children and adults to take part in the social debate about the future of mobility. The illustrated story describes a day in the life of the self-driving car “Carla-15”.

…Daimler scientists teach cars to see and recognize complex traffic situations by using so-called scene labelling? Development engineers in the “Environment Sensing” department showed their system thousands of photos from various German cities. In the photos, they had precisely labelled by hand 25 different object categories, such as vehicles, cyclists, pedestrians, streets, pavements, buildings, posts and trees. On the basis of these examples, the system learned to automatically and correctly classify completely unknown images and thus detect objects of importance for the purposes of driver assistance, even if the objects were greatly obscured or far away. This is made possible by powerful computers that are artificially neurally networked in a manner similar to the human brain. Consequently, the system functions in a manner comparable to human vision.

…Active Parking Assist, when paired with Surround View System, is equipped with 4 cameras and 12 ultrasonic sensors? These link up to produce a virtual 360° image, enabling a bird’s eye view of the vehicle and its surroundings. The image covers an area approximately 3 m (10 ft) around the vehicle.

…three different radar systems and a stereo multi-purpose camera are used for the driving assistance systems? A long-range radar scans the road ahead of the vehicle across a distance of approximately 250 m (820 ft) in various ranges and beam angles and is able to detect relevant vehicles in bends even on multi-lane roads by linking with the steering angle. Multi-mode radar sensors scan the directly surrounding area alongside and behind the vehicle at a larger angle. They are able to scan asymmetrically into the blind spot at the side while at the same time covering a range of approximately 80 m (263 ft) directly behind the vehicle, in order to detect overtaking vehicles, for example. The stereo camera is able to cover a range of approximately 90 m (295 ft) in 3D; it is also used as a multipurpose camera over a range of up to about 500 m (1,640 ft).

SOURCE: Mercedes-Benz