The new EQE: the driving assistance systems

Sep 5, 2021

The basic functions of the systems in the Driving Assistance Package included as standard can be found here. The following are important highlights, often only available as part of the Driving Assistance Package Plus (included in the Premium Package or Premium Plus Package).

Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC

This intelligent system can maintain the preselected distance to vehicles ahead on all road types - motorway, country road as well as in the city. Special features:

  • Predictive speed regulation ahead of speed limits
  • Reaction at a driving speed of up to 100 km/h to stationary vehicles on the road
  • Selection of DISTRONIC dynamics in MBUX, independently of DYNAMIC SELECT
  • Adjustment of set speed and acceleration for maximum range
  • With the Navigation with Electric Intelligence (see separate chapter), the charging status at the destination or also at the intermediate charging point can be specified if desired when route guidance is activated. Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC then adjusts the acceleration behaviour and, if necessary, the cruising speed to meet this specification.
  • The set speed at service stations is 50 km/h.

Active Steering Assist

This assists the driver in following the driving lane. Special features:

  • Lane detection at low speeds additionally with 360° camera
  • Significantly improved availability and performance on bends on country roads
  • Improved lane centring on motorways
  • Situation-specific off-centred driving (e.g. forming an emergency corridor, but also following the road edge on country roads with no centre marking)

Traffic Sign Assist

In addition to conventionally signposted speed limits, this recognises overhead gantries and signs at roadworks. This includes warnings about running a stop sign and a red light.

Active Lane Keeping Assist

From speeds exceeding 60 km/h, Active Lane Keeping Assist uses a camera to detect when road markings or road edges are crossed, helping the driver to avoid leaving the driving lane unintentionally. If there is a risk of collision with detected road users in the adjacent lane, for example overtaking or oncoming vehicles, the system can also intervene. Special features:

  • Reaction to detected lane edges, e.g. a grass shoulder
  • Particularly intuitive steering intervention
  • Adjustment of sensitivity via a menu (early, medium, late)
  • Supplementing the danger display with the aid of the active ambient lighting and DIGITAL LIGHT

Active Lane Change Assist

Active Lane Change Assist cooperatively assists the driver of the EQE when changing lanes to the adjacent lane. A lane change to the right or left is only assisted if the sensors detect that the adjacent lane is separated from the present lane by broken lane markings, and no other vehicles are detected in the relevant danger zone. In conjunction with DIGITAL LIGHT, an intuitive lighting scenario is also created at night.

Active Emergency Stop Assist

Active Emergency Stop Assist brakes the vehicle to a standstill in its own lane if it recognises that the driver is no longer responding to the traffic situation for a longer period. As part of the standard Active Lane Keeping Assist, this works even if Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC with Steering Assist is not switched on. Other features:

  • Belt tensioning and braking impulse as a final signal of impending braking action
  • Optional single lane change (at 80 km/h, no obstacles in adjacent lane)


This system included as standard is able to recognise typical signs of drowsiness and driver inattention, and displays a warning message prompting them to take a break.

An ATTENTION ASSIST version with additional microsleep warning (only in conjunction with MBUX Hyperscreen) is new. It analyses the driver's eyelid movements using a camera in the driver display. The microsleep warning function is already active from a speed of 20 km/h.

Active Brake Assist with cross-traffic function

Active Brake Assist uses the on-board sensors to register whether there is a risk of collision with vehicles travelling ahead, crossing or oncoming. The system can give the driver a visual and audible warning if a collision appears imminent. If the driver's braking is too weak, it is also possible to support the driver by increasing the braking torque according to the situation and to initiate emergency braking if there is no reaction from the driver. Special features are the turning function when starting off (including crossing pedestrians when turning), the cross-traffic function on interurban routes (up to 120 km/h) and the warning and braking for oncoming traffic.

Active Blind Spot Assist and exit warning function

Active Blind Spot Assist can give a visual warning - and if the indicators are operated, also an audible warning - of potential lateral collisions at speeds exceeding around 10 km/h. If the driver ignores the warnings and still tries to change lane, the system can take corrective action by one-sided braking intervention at the last moment if the speed exceeds 30 km/h. When the vehicle is stationary, the exit warning function can warn against exiting because a vehicle (or even a bicycle) is passing within the critical area. This function is available at standstill and up to three minutes after the start switch has been turned off. In addition, the hazard display is supplemented with the aid of Active Ambient Lighting (also with the vehicle exit warning).

Evasive Steering Assist

Evasive Steering Assist can assist the driver when seeking to avoid another road user detected by the system in a critical situation. In the new EQE, in addition to standing and crossing pedestrians, longitudinal pedestrians and vehicles as well as cyclists can also be taken into account. The speed range goes up to 110 km/h, support is also provided on country routes.