How Mercedes Benz Distronic Plus helps to keep you safe:
German luxury car manufacturer Mercedes Benz is building safety features never seen before. The Mercedes Benz Distronic Plus acts as a buffer between your car and car ahead of you. It is an adaptive cruise control system.
Distronic plus automatically maintains a specific distance from the car ahead. In addition, it can also accelerate and decelerate in coordination with the moving traffic. This feature is particularly helpful in stop-and-go traffic. The Distronic keeps track of the vehicle in front. It can also keep following the vehicle ahead. Thus, it ultimately minimizes the risk of rear-end collisions.
How Mercedes Benz Distronic Plus works?
Distronic Plus is cutting-edge technology. It consists of three radars. One long-range radar is placed behind the radiator grill and two short-range radars are positioned behind front bumper panels. Short distance radar has a scanning range of 20 cm to 30 meters and a scanning angle of 80⁰.
The long-distance radar has two ranges. It has a Long-distance range of 200 meters and a scanning angle of 18⁰. The mid-distance range of the same radar is 60 meters and a scanning angle of 60⁰.
Both these radars work in coordination and scan the surroundings continuously. The microcomputer in the Distronic system continuously monitors the situation ahead by processing the radar data. Radar basically works on the Doppler Effect. So, when the car in front moves; it induces a frequency shift in the radar signal. On the basis of the frequency shift, the system calculates the relative speed of the two vehicles as well as the distance between them.
Consequently, it calculates everything by referring to the transit time of the reflected signal. In case of urgent braking, the system warns the driver thru' a warning lamp in the instrument cluster as well as via an acoustic signal.