Every time a carmaker launches a flagship model, you can be sure that it will come with a host of new innovations.
After all, a flagship model presents and represents the best that the brand has to offer. The latest technology in terms of safety, driver aids and convenient amenities are on show to attract and convince buyers.
Innovations aren’t only found on flagship models, though. In 2020, we gave the “Best Innovation” award to Nissan’s e-POWER technology, because it offers drivers the experience of an electric car without having to charge it. This drivetrain powers the Note, Kicks and Serena models.
In 2021, the car that stood out the most in terms of innovations was the all-new Mercedes-Benz S-Class. The most compelling of these are Digital Light and E-Active Body Control.
Digital Light is an LED lighting system that has the ability to project symbols onto the road to alert drivers.
For instance, if the system spots a pedestrian ahead, it will mark the position in front of him for the driver. Similarly, if there are road works ahead, the system can produce a construction symbol to warn the driver in advance.
E-Active Body Control, on the other hand, tries to help mitigate injuries in an accident. When the S-Class’ safety systems detect a potential lateral impact, E-Active Body Control raises the car’s ride height by 80mm.
Mercedes says this helps better absorb the impact while also directing energy away from occupants.
The latest S-Class comes with numerous other features, but we feel that these two innovations are the most significant. We can also see how other carmakers may introduce similar systems in the future, thereby helping raise safety standards all round.