Meet the S-Class DIGITAL #2: Innovation by intelligence

The new S-Class comes with ground-breaking innovations in safety, comfort, and driving functions

The second installment of the "Meet the S-Class DIGITAL" highlights the technical innovations of the highly anticipated Mercedes-Benz S-Class, prior to its world premiere in September. The ground-breaking technology featured in the new luxury sedan sets new standards in safety, comfort, and intelligent drive functions. Michael Hafner, Vice President Automated Driving, joins moderator Yasmine Blair to share insights into the benchmark technology of the new S-Class: the world's first rear-seat passenger airbag and the close integration of the PRE-SAFE® Impulse Side and the ACTIVE BODY CONTROL active suspension systems. The second episode of "Meet the S-Class DIGITAL #2: Innovation by intelligence" will air on Wednesday, July 29th 2020 at 8:00 am EST (2:00 pm CEST) on the Mercedes me media digital platform, after which it will be available as video-on-demand.

Be it the airbag or the ESP® electronic stability program, each generation of the S-Class has set new safety benchmarks in their respective eras. The innovative technologies found in this luxury sedan often become the new standard -- not only at Mercedes-Benz, but throughout the entire automotive sector. The new S-Class, which will celebrate its world premiere on September 2nd, brings safety and ride comfort to a whole new level. It is the first car worldwide to be equipped with airbags to protect rear-seat passengers in the unfortunate event of a frontal impact. It calls for an entirely different concept to that of front airbags as, for instance, the airbags must be able to adapt to child seats. Combined with an inflatable safety belt, the S-Class sets the benchmark in safety for rear-seat passengers.

Mercedes-Benz develops all safety functions from knowledge gained from its own accident research, which the company has been conducting for more than 50 years. The "Real Life Safety" philosophy often extends beyond legal safety requirements – thus producing innovations that significantly increase the safety of occupants and other road users. One example on the path to a fully integrated safety concept, in which active and passive safety systems merge, is the expansion of the PRE-SAFE® Impulse Side function in the new S-Class. The feature uses radar sensors to identify an imminent side impact. For the first time, it protects the occupants not only by using air cushions in the seats to move the driver or front-seat passenger towards the centre of the vehicle, but also by simultaneously raising the entire vehicle using the E-ACTIVE BODY CONTROL suspension to divert the impact through stiffer structures. PRE-SAFE® Impulse Side thus expands the capabilities of the active suspension, which raises the ride and handling of the new S-Class to an entirely new level.

The "Meet the S-Class DIGITAL" news format consists of a moderated show with a studio interview as well as reports from location and test tracks. Each show is accompanied by in-depth information in the form of videos, graphics, press texts and images for download. There is also the chance to chat with Mercedes-Benz experts.

The first episode of "Meet the S-Class DIGITAL: My MBUX" has been available as video-on-demand since July 8th, 2020 and presents the new generation of the Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX). The third episode, "Meet the S-Class DIGITAL: Luxury & well-being" will air on August 12th, and will focus on the S-Class' new and luxurious interior comfort.

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