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The Next Mercedes E-Class Could Have Highway Autopilot

by Stirling Matheson
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There’s probably a certain kind of driving that you, as a gearhead, genuinely wishes you had an autonomous car for: long stints of highway driving. I love my short morning drive to work. There are a good number of mostly empty roundabouts that make going to work feel a little like an autocross course. My tires seem to wear out rather quickly, but it’s worth it. I like driving, but when I’m driving long distances to visit family or just to get away for a few weeks, I really wish I could just sit back and relax a little.

Perhaps what I’ll need to realize that dream is the next gen Mercedes-Benz E-Class (a car I wouldn’t mind having anyway). Mercedes boss and Monopoly Man stunt double┬áDieter Zetsche suggested to Autocar┬áthat the company’s Highway Pilot tech (first demonstrated in 2012) will debut in the new E.

Given that Mercedes has been promoting its autonomous concept a ton, this isn’t really surprising. The system not only works like the current-gen adaptive cruise control, holding a speed and reducing it when cars in front slow down, but also keeps the vehicle in its lane and can merge left to overtake slower moving vehicles. BRILLIANT!

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