The new EQS: The parking assistants
The EQS comes with the Parking Package with reversing camera as standard. Thanks to powerful sensors that monitor the vehicle's surroundings, the parking systems can help the driver with manoeuvring in many areas. The integration of Parking Assist in MBUX makes operation intuitive and fast. Emergency braking functions serve in particular to protect other road users.
Here are three particularly innovative parking systems:
With Remote Parking Assist, the driver can park and unpark the vehicle from close by using a smartphone. This means more comfort when getting in and out and protects against damage when opening the doors. With the latest generation of Remote Park Assist, many parking manoeuvres are possible. The driver monitors the parking process. Manoeuvring is automatic as long as the driver keeps the touch surface on the phone pressed and tilts it by 90°. Otherwise, the vehicle is automatically braked to a standstill.
Memory Parking Assist (SAE level 2) can remember parking locations such as how to get to and from the garage at home. The driver sits behind the steering wheel and is asked whether they would like to carry out an automated parking procedure after the training process has been completed. If obstacles are detected, the system stops until they are removed.
With the pre-installation for the INTELLIGENT PARK PILOT, the EQS is prepared for Automated Valet Parking (AVP, SAE level 4). If equipped with the required optional extra and the corresponding Connect service (depending on the country), the vehicle has the technology on board to park and unpark fully automatically and without the driver in car parks equipped with AVP infrastructure, provided that national laws allow such operation.
But the other parking systems also support the driver in a variety of ways. Would you have known that...
... Active Parking Assist also uses the rear-axle steering and thus enters the parking space even more agilely? The calculation of the lanes (trajectories) is adjusted to this. And when things get really tight, it can make up to 12 moves. The parking process is completed at the latest when the vehicle is at an angle of 100 degrees to the start position. Acceleration, steering, braking, gear changes and turn indicators are controlled automatically. The driver remains responsible and has the possibility to intervene at any time and correct or complete the parking manoeuvre.
... when driving past recognised parking spaces, one press of the button on MBUX is sufficient to start the parking process? This is the so-called Quick Park function of Active Parking Assist.
... the Drive Away Assist can warn the driver if a collision with detected objects could occur when starting off due to a mix-up of accelerator and brake pedal or a wrong gear? At the same time, the speed is briefly limited in such cases if the danger of collision is detected.
... the Parking Package with 360° camera fuses the information from many sensors and cameras? This will allow more parking spaces to be identified and offered for automated parking, including spaces demarcated by lines (rather than vehicles). There are a total of 12 ultrasound sensors at the front and rear, a rear-view camera in the boot lid, and three additional cameras in the exterior mirrors and at the front.
... a real-time rendered vehicle model in the Parking Package with 360° camera displays status such as indicating or braking? Visualises obstructions in the field of vision, e.g. open doors
... collision protection has been further extended to cross traffic? If the sensors detect other vehicles crossing during forward or reverse travel, the driver is first warned visually and audibly. The rear collision protection goes even further: If the driver does not react and the detected danger persists, the vehicle initiates autonomous emergency braking. These equipment-dependent functions are called Front Cross-Traffic Alert (new) and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.
... the Active Parking Assist in the EQS also visualises the distance to obstacles from the driver's perspective with the help of the Active Ambient Lighting? As before, the distance is also transmitted acoustically and displayed on the screen.