August 29, 2006

Radar-based parking assistance to debut in Mercedes-Benz CL-Class

2007 Mercedes-Benz CL-class
2007 Mercedes-Benz CL-class
2007 Mercedes-Benz CL-class. Click image to enlarge

Stuttgart, Germany – Mercedes-Benz has announced that a newly-developed parking guidance system will make its series production debut in the CL-Class this fall. The system uses radar technology to help the driver find a suitable parking space and park the vehicle.

When driving past a parking space at speeds up to around 40 km/h, the vehicle uses side-mounted radar sensors in the front and rear bumpers to measure whether the spaces are large enough for the vehicle. If the vehicle speed is below 16 km/h and a suitable space is found, a blue “P” symbol appears in the instrument cluster.

Once the driver has stopped, the display shows a bird’s-eye-view representation of the space, and uses coloured guidelines to indicate the current steering angle, and the angle required for parking. When the driver turns the steering wheel until the two lines coincide, the guide lines on the display change to green, and an acoustic signal informs the driver when it is time to countersteer.

The new system, which works in tandem with the vehicle’s parking assist, will be an available option on the CL-Class.

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