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  1. Join Date
    Sep 2004
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    #1
    Ho boy, this is gotta be a PR nightmare for Mercedes...

    From http://tinyurl.com/co52e

    "The new Mercedes S class has a sophisticated radar-based braking system - when it works. A TV demonstration ended up in a 3-car pile-up when the S-class' safety radar failed.

    A German television channel got a bigger scoop than they bargained for when Mercedes showed up with three of their flagship vehicles - only to crash them into each other when a safety demonstration failed.

    Stern TV, who filmed the programme item slates the mistake, and compares it to the nasty falling-over tendency the early A-class Mercedes had.
    Embarrassing mistake

    In the programme, Mercedes drives 3 S-classes behind each other. The first car hits the brakes, and the two following cars brake down automatically, to avoid a crash. In theory. In practice, the first car braked, and the two others continued right into the back of each other, resulting in a 3-car pile-up at the test site.

    According to a German news site, the blushing Mercedes security engineers soon discovered the problem: The test had been done in a hall which was made of steel. This confuses the radar, and the system doesn't work properly, causing more than 150,000 worth of cars to crumple into each other.

    The system "works perfectly in all other circumstances", according to Mercedes. For now, though, it may be worth keeping your foot near the brake pedal."

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    #2
    Well... it is just a secondary safety system...

  3. Join Date
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    #3
    True... but it does remind me of that time several years ago when Bill Gates himself demoed Windows 98 on CNN and ended up getting a blue screen of death on live TV...

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    #4
    somebody is gonna get fired hehe

    but can i have even one of those wrecked S class hehe

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    #5
    Syet!!! Sayang yung Benz! hehehe!

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    #6
    one word: NYAK!! :bwahaha:

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    #7
    crash test dummies... mmmmmmmmmmm

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    #8
    i think its the fault of their laser guided cruise control.

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    #9
    dibs on the engine :evillaugh

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    #10
    I have tried the radar based cruise control of the Infiniti and it works. It will maintain the speed of the vehicle that you set it then when it "sees" a vehicle getting too close for comfort it will let go of the throttle to decelerate, and then when it "sees" that the vehicle infront is no longer too close for comfort it will accelerate up to the point where you originally set it on.

    May display pa na icon sa instrument panel so you know that its working.

    Maybe somebody just screwed up, isa sa mga MB engineers, and I think someone will get fired.

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Televised Mercedes S Class Safety Radar Demo results in 3-car pileup