The new EQS: the automatic comfort doors
As an option, the EQS has automatic comfort doors at the front and rear. When the driver approaches the car, first of all the door handles extend. As he or she approaches further, the driver's door opens automatically. Using MBUX, the driver is also able to open the rear doors, for example, to let in children in front of the school. With one-touch operation, the automatic comfort doors can be closed conveniently and with little effort. The sensors of the parking assistance systems are used for obstacle detection. Their integration into Blind Spot Assist (option) provides additional safety.
Hold the door? A matter of course for cavaliers or gentlemen of the old school. Or for the new EQS: Its automatic comfort doors make entry and exit particularly convenient. Because with this optional equipment, all four doors are electrically powered and open and close automatically. If desired, the EQS can even hold the driver's door open like a chauffeur. If the driver approaches the EQS from the side, the door handle first extends at a distance of approximately six metres. If the distance is only about 1.5 metres, the car unlocks and automatically opens the driver's door. This special welcome function can be activated or deactivated via MBUX.
The comfort doors are available in combination with the Premium Plus Package. The comfort doors can be operated in many ways: as usual via the door handles (inside and outside), by vehicle key, via the central display or the optional MBUX High-End Rear-Seat Entertainment System. In addition, the driver's door closes automatically when the brake pedal is depressed.
The comfort doors have obstacle detection. Opening is also monitored by Blind Spot Assist if it is active: If the system detects that another road user is approaching from behind, a vehicle exit warning is given. The doors only open when it is safe to do so.
To protect against damage, the car also uses data from the parking sensors. If the EQS has the automatic doors and the KEYLESS-GO Comfort Package Plus, ultrasound sensors monitor the surroundings when parking. In combination with the Premium Plus Package and the included Parking Package with 360° camera, observation is also provided by cameras in the exterior mirrors. The EQS then takes detected obstacles into account when opening the doors. Proximity sensors in the doors are also active when the vehicle is stationary. They also scan the environment while opening.
There is an electric actuator on the catch strap in each door. The doors are then swung open and closed in a controlled manner on command from the door control panel. The comfort doors were required to undergo extensive testing in true Mercedes-Benz fashion. Before being made to demonstrate their operating convenience and reliability in overall vehicle trials, they were tested on various test rigs including the climatic chamber. Naturally their acoustic properties and safety functions were also thoroughly tested.
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