In January 2011, Mercedes-Benz will be launching the new SLK. The agile sports car sets new standards for open-top sports cars in terms of safety.
The SLK will make use of a whole host of the latest assistance systems to support the driver, including the drowsiness detection system attention assist, developed by Mercedes-Benz and fitted as standard.
The optional occupant protection system pre-safe and the pre-safe brake, can apply the brakes autonomously in the event of an impending front-end collision.
The new SLK also features a combination of driver assistance systems which help to avoid accidents.
• Drowsiness detection system ‘Attention Assist’
• Adaptive brake
• Camera-based speed limit assist
• Acceleration skid control system ASR and
• Active yaw control
According to the company, as soon as the driver abruptly steps off the accelerator, it brings the brake pads into light contact with the brake discs as a precautionary measure, so that the necessary braking pressure can be attained quicker in the possible event of emergency braking.
In wet conditions it applies light brake contact, without the driver even noticing, to dry the brake discs. The adaptive brake works in conjunction with the equally adaptive brake light. In emergency braking situations, it warns vehicles behind with flashing brake lights.
An additional safety highlight which will be available in the new SLK is the anticipatory occupant protection system pre-safe, a system developed by Mercedes-Benz which is unique throughout the world.