Equipment on new European models (1): Daimler, BMW, Volkswagen

Increased availability of active preventive systems and headlamps with adaptive beam and range contr

2011/10/11

Summary

 The following is a summary of major equipment available on the new passenger cars launched by Daimler, BMW and Volkswagen in the European markets in and after the summer of 2010.

 Among the driving stability equipment of increasing availability are the drive select systems that allow the driver to choose a driving mode. Systems have been introduced that allow the driver to choose suspension setting, power steering characteristics, engine response, transmission shift points, etc., to meet his or her preference.

 As for vision systems, availability is increasing of the High-beam assist that automatically switches between high- and low-beam lighting. Daimler has adopted an additional Adaptive High-beam system that switches beams and adjusts the lighting range automatically as well as continuously to secure an enough field of vision while reducing the dazzling effect to other vehicles in the opposing lanes.

 Among the collision safety systems of increasing availability are the side airbags for rear seat occupants and Flashing brake lights that alert the drivers of vehicles behind when the emergency brakes are applied.

 As for driving and parking assist systems, active preventive safety systems constantly monitor lane departure and lane change and intervene with the driver by braking and steering operation in case of emergency. Also growing more available are the Night Vision display that highlights images of pedestrians and the parking assist system that automatically performs steering maneuvers during parallel and double parking.

 Systems addressing greater comfort and convenience that are growing more available include Online systems that provide Internet access and the Start-stop system that effectively improves fuel economy.

(Note)  See MarkLines Report No.1013 of October 2011 "Equipment on new European models (2)" for equipment adopted by other European manufacturers (PSA, Renault, Fiat, GM Europe and Ford Europe).

 

Advanced systems introduced by Daimler, BMW, VW (on new models launched in Europe in and after the summer of 2010)

Driving
stability
Drive select BMW X3, BMW 6 Series Convertible, VW Sharan, Audi A6
VisibilityHigh-beam assist BMW X-3, BMW 6 Series Convertible,
VW Sharan, VW Golf Cabriolet, Audi Q3
Adaptive high-beam assist M-Benz CLS, M-Benz C-Class Coupe
Collision
safety
Rear side airbag M-Benz CLS, M-Benz C-Class Coupe, VW Sharan
Flashing brake lights
for emergency stop
M-Benz CLS, M-Benz C-Class Coupe, M-Benz SLK Roadster,
BMW X-3, BMW 6 Series Convertible
Driving &
parking assist
Active blind spot assist M-Benz CLS, M-Benz C-Class Coupe
Active lane keeping assist M-Benz CLS, M-Benz C-Class Coupe, Audi A6, Audi Q3
Night Vision with
pedestrian recognition
M-Benz CLS, BMW 6 Series Convertible, Audi A6
Park assist M-Benz C-Class Coupe, M-Benz SLK Roadster,
BMW 6 Series Convertible, VW Sharan, Audi A6, Audi Q3
Comfort &
convenience
Online service M-Benz C-Class Coupe, M-Benz SLK Roadster,
BMW X3, BMW 6 Series Convertible, Audi A6, Audi Q3
Start-stop system M-Benz CLS, M-Benz C-Class Coupe, M-Benz SLK Roadster,
BMW X3, BMW 6 Series Convertible,
VW Sharan, VW Golf Cabriolet, Audi A6, Audi Q3

 



Daimler: First use of LED headlamps that automatically switch between high/low-beams and adjust the lighting range

 The Adaptive High Beam Assist, used on Daimler's C-Class Coupe and the four-door CLS Coupe, switches between high- and low-beams and adjusts the lighting range automatically as well as continuously to secure a necessary field of vision while reducing the dazzling effect to other drivers in the opposing lanes. LED headlamps coupled with the Adaptive High Beam Assist are used in the CLS for the first time in the world (according to Daimler). Active Blind Spot/Active Lane Keeping Assist, optional on both models, applies brakes when it detects a lane departure and redirects the vehicle to its lane.

 The SLK Roadster has an electro-hydraulic retractable hardtop with the optional Panoramic roof made of transparent polycarbonate material. The roof also has the available Magic Sky Control that instantly changes the color when voltage is applied to the liquid crystal sandwiched between the polycarbonate sheets.

Daimler:Main features on M-Benz cars launched in and after summer 2010

The columns below the model names show the release months (Same for the following tables).
◎= Standard on all grades, ○= Standard on some grades, △= Optional
CLS C-Class
Coupe
SLK
Roadster
Jan. 2011 Mar. 2011 Mar. 2011
Driving
stability
Tyre pressure loss warning system
Electromechanical steering
Speed-sensitive steering
Direct Control - Comfort suspension (Note 4)
AirMATIC Dual Control air suspension (Note 5)
Agility Control suspension
Continuously variable damping
Visibility Adaptive High Beam Assist (Note 6)
LED high performance headlamps
(with Adaptive High Beam Assist and Intelligent Light System)
(Note 7)
○△
Bi-xenon headlamps with Intelligent Light System
Bi-xenon with LED indicators
Automatic headlamp beam range control
Automatic headlamp activation
Full LED rear tail lights
LED daytime running lights
Door mirrors - auto-dimming, electrically adjustable and
heated with LED indicator
Exterior mirrors - heated, electronically adjustable and power folding
Electrically folding exterior mirrors
Auto-dimming rear view mirror and driver's exterior mirror
Rain sensing windscreen wipers
Heated windscreen wash system
Collision
safety
Pre-Safe anticipatory safety system
Neck-Pro adjustable front head restraints
Dual-stage airbags (driver and front passenger)
Side airbags in front seats
Knee airbag for driver
Pelvis airbag for driver
Rear side airbag
Window airbags for driver, front passenger, and rear passengers
Driver's and front passenger's knee airbags
Roll-over protection
Adaptive Brake System
(with full HOLD function and flashing brake lights)
Active bonnet
Driving &
parking assist
Attention assist
PARKTRONIC with Active Parking Assist
PARKTRONIC with Advanced Parking Guidance
Distronic Plus with Pre-Safe brake
Active Blind Spot Assist (Note 8)
Active Lane Keeping Assist (Note 9)
Speed Limit Assist (Note 10)
Night View Assist Plus (Note 11)
Reversing camera
Comfort &
convenience
Multi-function steering wheel
2-zone climate control
Airscarf - neck-level heating (Note 12)
Heated front seats
Front seats with full electric adjustment
Memories of front seat adjustment, store seat, steering wheel
and exterior mirror settings
Comfort ventilated front seats - choice of heating or cooling
Comfort ventilated front seats
Heated rear seats
Heated steering wheel
Rear seats - split folding with Easy-Pack quickfold
Electro-hydraulic vario-roof (electro-hydraulic retractable hard top)
Panoramic vario-roof with Magic Sky Control (Note 13)
Airguide (Note 14)
ECO start/stop function
COMAND Online (Note 15)
Bluetooth interface for hands-free telephony
Source: Daimler on-line catalog (UK) as of mid-September 2011
(Notes) 1. The CLS is a four-door coupe clad in a coupe's elegant, sporty style and coupled with a sedan's comfort and convenience.
2. The C-Class Coupe, a two-door four-seat coupe designed for young people, is a new addition to the C-Class family.
3. The SLK Roadster is a two-seat convertible with an electro-hydraulic retractable hardtop.
4. Direct Control suspension has a variable damping shock absorber and is used in both front and rear. In a normal driving condition of small vibrational amplitude, the system automatically reduces the damping force to increase riding comfort. When the amplitude is large, as when cornering in fast speeds, the system exerts the maximum damping force.
5. Airmatic suspension normally addresses riding comfort over other factors. When cornering at high speed, quick acceleration, braking, etc, the system electronically controls the air springs and shock absorbers to address driving stability. The Airmatic Dual control automatically lowers the suspension during high-speed driving to increase stability. When maneuvering poor road conditions, the driver can manually raise the suspension by up to 25 mm.
6. Adaptive High-Beam Assist uses a multi-purpose camera mounted on the windshield to detect vehicles in the opposing lanes and vehicles ahead. It adjusts the low/high-beam and lighting range automatically as well as continuously to secure the maximum night vision without dazzling other drivers in the opposing lanes. The low-beam lighting range varies continuously between 65 and 300 meters according to the distance to other vehicles in the opposing lane and, when no vehicles are approaching, the low-beam is switched instantaneously to the high-beam lighting.
7. LED high performance headlamps are the world's first (according to Daimler) LED headlamps incorporating the Adaptive High-Beam Assist. A total of 71 LEDs are used on each side of the vehicle (13 turn signals, 22 positional lights, 8 short-range low-beam lights, 8 medium-range low-beam lights, 8 high-beam lights, 2 cornering lights, 10 infrared lights for the optional Night View Assist Plus). The LEDs are as bright as the solar light, have long life and consume little power. The system also features Intelligent Light System (the headlight orientation is adjusted according to the steering angle and the vehicle speed).
8. Active Blind Spot uses a radar sensor to detect other vehicles in the driver's blind spot while the car is running at speeds between 18 and 155 mph. When it detects another vehicle, a yellow warning triangle is illuminated in the corresponding side-view mirror to warn the driver. If the driver ignores the warning and attempts to change lanes, the system gives an audible alert, applies moderate braking to the wheels in the opposite side and redirects the vehicle to the original lane.
9. Active Lane Keeping Assist makes use of a camera mounted on the windshield to detect the car drifting unintentionally from its lane. When the drift is detected, the system alerts the driver by vibration on the steering wheel and, if necessary, applies moderate braking to the wheels in the opposite side to return the vehicle to the original lane.
10. Speed Limit Assist uses a windshield-mounted camera to scan the road for speed-limit signs and displays that limit in the instrument cluster to warn the driver. The system is capable of distinguishing between road signs in the side of or over the road and other numbers.
11. Night View Assist Plus uses an infrared camera at night and displays the image of the road surface up to 90 meters in front of the car in a 7-inch display located in the center of the dashboard. The system has a new function that recognizes pedestrians and highlights their images in frames.
12. Airscarf is a neck-level heater that provides warm air through the outlets in the headrest to make the winter driving a pleasant experience.
13. Panoramic vario-roof with Magic Sky Control changes the color of the car's glass roof from transparent to dark color by applying voltage to the liquid crystal sandwiched between the glass panels. When it is transparent, the roof gives an open sensation while blocking the wind. When the solar light bothers the occupant, the roof can be switched to a dark shade at the touch of a button.
14. The Airguide, a transparent acrylic panel fitted to the roll-over bars, is designed to effectively minimize the turbulent air flow from behind when driving in an open mode.
15. COMAND Online is a new telematics system introduced by Mercedes-Benz toward the end of 2010. In addition to the 3D map, 10GB music memory, audio/DVD player, SC card reader and voice recognition, it provides Internet access unlike all preceding Mercedes models (active when the car is not running).

 



BMW: Cutting-edge stability and driving assist systems adopted in the 6 Series Convertible

 BMW's 6 Series Convertible features the available Adaptive drive that integrally controls the active chassis control system and minimizes body roll when brakes are applied or when cornering. Also available are the Night Vision that assists pedestrian spotting at night, Speed limit display that recognizes and displays speed limits, and BMW's first full-color head-up display.

 Options on the 6 Series Convertible and X3 SUV include the High-beam assist that automatically switches between high- and low-beam lighting and Rear-view mirror/Exterior mirrors with an auto-dimming mechanism.

BMW: Main features on BMW cars launched in and after summer 2010

◎= Standard on all grades, ○= Standard on some grades, △= Optional
BMW X3 BMW
6 Series
Convertible
Nov. 2010 Fall 2011
Driving
stability
Brake drying, brake fade compensation, brake pre-tensioning
Anti-roll bars, front and rear
Rollover protection system
Run-flat tyres with tyre puncture warning system
Tyre puncture warning system
Drive Dynamic Control (Normal, Sport, Sport+) (Note 3)
Variable Damper Control
Adaptive drive (Note 4)
Electric power steering with Servotronic
Visibility Rain sensor with automatic headlight activation
Adaptive headlights
High-beam assist
Rear-view mirror, automatically dimming
Exterior mirrors - aspheric, heated, electric adjustments
Exterior mirrors - aspheric on driver's side, heated, electric adjustments
Exterior mirrors - automatically dimming
Collision
safety
Anti-whiplash head restraint, front
Impact-dependent airbag system, driver and front passenger
Side airbags for driver and front passenger
ITS head airbags
Dynamic brake lights (flashing function for emergency stop)
Crash sensor activating central locking release
Driving &
parking assist
Park distance control -front and rear
Reversing assist camera
Park Assist (Note 5)
Surround View
Top View
Hill-start assistant
Hill descent control
Cruise control with brake function
Electro-mechanical parking brake
Night Vision with pedestrian recognition (Note 6)
Speed limit display
Lane change warning system
Lane departure warning system
Comfort &
convenience
Automatic air conditioning with 2-zone control
Head-up display (in full color) (Note 7)
Front seats, electric adjustment with driver and passenger memory
Front seats, electric adjustment with memory function
for driver's seat and exterior mirror for front passenger
Front seat heating
Ventilated seats, front
Steering wheel heating
Glass rear windscreen (Note 8)
Multi-function controls for steering wheel
Bluetooth telephone preparation with telematics
BMW Assist/BMW Assist online portal (Note 9)
Auto Start-Stop
Source: BMW on-line catalog (UK) as of mid-September 2011
(Notes) 1. X3 is an SUV with a larger body than the first model and falls between X1 and X5 in terms of cabin space.
2. 6 Series Convertible is a 2+2 convertible, larger than the previous model in terms of overall length, width and wheelbase.
3. Drive Dynamic Control allows the driver to choose suspension characteristics from three modes (Normal, Sport, and Sport+) by switch operation. A fourth setting, Comfort mode, is available on the 6 Series Convertible in combination with the Adaptive Drive option.
4. Adaptive drive integrates control over two active chassis control systems (Dynamic Damper Control and Dynamic Drive). The active stabilizers of the front and rear axles effectively suppress body roll to maintain stability when cornering in fast speeds or changing directions quickly.
5. Park Assist is a system designed to assist parallel parking. When the driver presses the switch while driving at speeds below 20 mph, the sonic sensors mounted in the turn signal lamps start looking for parking space in both sides of the street. When enough space is found, the system performs all the steering maneuvers for parking while the driver operates the accelerator and brake pedals.
6. Night Vision with pedestrian recognition uses an infrared camera mounted in the front grille to detect people or animals up to 300 meters ahead and displays their image. When it spots something moving near the street, the system displays a visual alert for the driver (and also on the optional head-up display).
7. Head-up display projects the vehicle's speed, navigation and other key information in the windscreen in front of the driver. The 6 Series Convertible has BMW's first full-color HUD that displays lane departure warning, speed limits, pedestrian alert from the Night Vision, etc, in addition to the other key information.
8. Glass rear windscreen can be opened and closed electrically independent from the soft top operation. The occupants will enjoy better ventilation with the soft top closed and the rear windscreen lowered. The riding comfort will increase for the rear seat occupants with the soft top open and the rear windscreen pulled up.
9. BMW Assist is BMW's telematics system that provides a variety of driver supports including 999 emergency call and traffic information. BMW Assist online portal provides Internet access to e-mail, news, weather forecasts and other sites of interest.

 



VW: Parallel/double parking assist available on the Sharan, Active lane assist on Audi A6 and Q3

 Easy entry is a standard feature on the Sharan, VW's seven-passenger minivan, which makes entry and exit easy for the third row occupants by tilting and sliding the second-row seat forward from the bottom. Park assist is available that assists not only parallel parking but also double parking as well.

 Golf Cabriolet features the optional Rollover protection system that pops up in back of the rear seat once the vehicle is in danger of crashing or tipping over, and the Wind deflector.

VW:Main features on VW cars launched in and after summer 2010

◎= Standard on all grades, ○= Standard on some grades, △= Optional
VW
Sharan
VW Golf
Cabriolet
Aug. 2010 Summer
2011
Driving
stability
Adaptive Chassis Control (Normal, Comfort, Sport) (Note 3)
Power assisted steering, speed sensitive
Tyre pressure indicator
Visibility High beam assist
Dusk sensor, automatic driving lights
Electrically heated and adjustable door mirrors
Heated windscreen washer jets
Rain sensor
Automatic dimming interior rear-view mirror
Collision
safety
Driver's and front passenger's whiplash optimized head restraints
Front seat side impact airbags
Combined head and side airbags for the front seat occupants
Curtain airbag for front and rear passenger
Side airbags, 2nd row
Driver's knee airbag
Rollover protection system (Note 4)
Driving &
parking assist
Parking sensor - front and rear ○△
Park assist (Note 5)
Electronic parking brake - with auto hold function
Hill hold function
Lane assist
Comfort &
convenience
2 zone electronic climate control
3 zone electronic climate control
Multifunction computer
Multi-device interface ○△
Multifunction steering wheel
Bluetooth telephone preparation for hands free profile
Fully automatic electric power hood (Note 6)
Heated front seats
Driver's seat with electric 6-way adjustment including 4-way lumbar support
Front comfort seats
Easy entry (for rear passengers) (Note 7)
Folding table on rear of front seats
Electric rear sliding doors
Tailgate, electronic closing
Wind deflector ○△
Glovebox, illuminated, cooled, and lockable
Underseat drawers
Start/stop function
Source: VW on-line catalog (UK) as of mid-September 2011
(Notes) 1. Sharan is a minivan large enough for seven adults and has a wheelbase 75 mm longer than the previous model.
2. Golf Cabriolet is a four-seater convertible making a comeback 10 years after it was removed from VW's production list in 2002.
3. Adaptive Chassis Control is a suspension that instantaneously controls the damping force and electric power steering characteristics. The driver can select one of the three modes of varying damping forces (Normal, Comfort, Sport) using a switch and change the damping characteristics continuously according to the driving condition within the selected mode.
4. Rollover protection system has two metallic bars behind the rear seat. When the sensor detects an impending danger of collision or tipping over, the bars pop out to protect the occupants. Since the bars are normally retracted, they do not mar the car's sleek body style when the hood is open.
5. When the driver presses a button when attempting parallel parking, the Park assist scans both sides of the road with the ultrasonic sensor mounted in the front bumper and looks for parking space. When enough space is found, the system performs steering while the driver operates the gear shifting, accelerator and brake pedals. A newly added function assists the driver to perform parallel parking in a tighter space that requires frequent gear shifts and also assists double parking.
6. Fully automatic electric power hood is a soft top that opens and closes in 9.5 seconds after a touch of a button. The hood can be operated whether the car is standstill or running at speeds up to 30 km/h. It retracts in a compact, Z-shaped form and leaves a trunk space of 250 liters with the retracted hood.
7. Easy entry (for rear passengers) gives a greater ease of entry and exit for the third-row occupants. When the lever located at the shoulder of the second-row seat is pulled, the seat bottom tilts 20 degrees and slides forward to create a larger opening.


 Among the Audi models, the midsize sedan Audi A6 has a standard feature of Audi drive select that allows the driver to choose the best setting of the suspension damping force, steering characteristics, engine response and transmission shift point. Audi active lane assist is available, on Audi A6 and Audi Q3 SUV, that detects lane departure and applies resistive force to the steering wheel to redirect the car to its lane.

 

VW:Main features on Audi cars launched in and after summer 2010

◎= Standard on all grades, ○= Standard on some grades, △= Optional
Audi A6 Audi Q3
Apr. 2011 Jun. 2011
Driving
stability
Tyre pressure monitoring display
Dynamic suspension
Audi drive select (Comfort, Auto, Dynamic) (Note 3)
Adaptive air suspension (Comfort, Auto, Dynamic, Lift) (Note 4)
quattro Sports differential
quattro
Brake disc wiping (Note 5)
Visibility Xenon Plus headlights with automatic/dynamic headlight range control
and LED daytime-running lights
Adaptive lights
High-beam assistant
Exterior mirrors; electrically adjustable and heated
Auto-dimming rear-view mirror
Light and rain sensor
Automatic windscreen wipers
Collision
safety
Front side and head airbags
Front airbags with front passenger deactivation
Pre sense (Note 6)
Driving &
parking assist
Rear parking sensor
Acoustic Parking System
Parking System Advanced (Note 7)
Parking assist (Note 8)
Audi parking system plus
Electromechanical parking brake
Hill descent assist
Adaptive Cruise Control
Audi side assist
Audi active lane assist (Note 9)
Speed limit display (Note 10)
Night vision assistant with pedestrian detection
Comfort &
convenience
2-zone electronic climate control
4-zone electronic climate control
Mobile telephone preparation - Bluetooth interface
Coming home/leaving home function
Ventilation and massage function (front seats)
Seats with electric adjustment and heating
MMI Touch
Online services (Note 11)
Multi-function steering wheel
Power operated boot lid
Start-stop system
Source: Audi on-line catalog (UK) as of mid-September 2011
(Notes) 1. A6 is a premium upper-medium class sedan.
2. Q3 is a new compact SUV model with the smallest body size in the Audi Q series.
3. Audi drive select lets the driver choose the best damping force of the electronically controlled suspension, dynamic steering characteristics, engine response, transmission shifting point and certain other settings to his or her personal preference. The system offers three standard modes to choose from (Comfort, Auto, Dynamic) plus Individual mode for setting items separately and Efficiency mode addressing high fuel efficiency.
4. Adaptive air suspension uses the air springs and electrically-controlled continuously-variable damping shock absorbers to maintain the vehicle height according to the number of passengers and the weight of luggage. It also electrically controls the damping characteristics of the shock absorbers according to the driving conditions to ensure stable dynamic performance and riding comfort without affecting each other. The driver can choose one from the four modes (Comfort, Auto, Dynamic, Lift) to suit his or her personal liking.
5. When driving on a wet road surface, Brake disc wiping shortens the braking distance as the ESP is activated and the brake disk is pressed periodically against the brake pad to remove moisture from the brake.
6. When the vehicle speed rises to 15 km/h or 10 seconds have elapsed after starting, Pre sense rolls up the front seatbelt and eliminates sags. In case of emergency braking or skidding, the system takes a number of preventive measures that include rolling up seatbelts, closing the sun-roof and windows, and turning on the hazard warning lights to alert other drivers.
7. Parking System Advanced uses eight ultrasonic sensors to detect obstacles around the vehicle (front and rear, right and left) and gives an audible warning when an obstacle is detected. It also uses a camera mounted in the trunk lid to monitor the rearward area in up to 130 degrees and displays the image over parking guide lines.
8. When switched on, Parking assist scans both sides of the street and looks for enough space for parallel or double parking. Once such a space is found and the driver stops the car near the space and shifts to reverse gear, the system performs steering maneuvers and all the driver has to do is operate the accelerator and brake pedals.
9. Audi active lane assist uses cameras to monitor the lanes in both sides of the vehicle and, when the car starts to drift away, it causes vibrations in the steering wheel to alert the driver. At the same time (or when the car starts to drift, if the system is set so), the system applies a resistive force to the steering and redirects the car to its lane.
10. Speed limit display uses a camera to recognize speed limit signs along the roadside and displays the value.
11. Online service is coupled with the online Bluetooth car phone to provide Internet access. It is also capable of integrating information and images taken from Google Earth with the navigation routes.

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