What is Mercedes-Benz Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC ®?

By Product Expert | Posted in Technology, Tips & Tricks on Wednesday, August 21st, 2019 at 2:57 pm
instrument panel showing the follow distance between two cars

Mercedes-Benz has improved upon the standard cruise control

What is Mercedes-Benz Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC ®? This blog will cover the basics of how you can use Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC ® similarly to cruise control. Like cruise control, Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC ® allows you to set a speed for your vehicle, but it has additional features as well. Continue reading below to learn how Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC ® functions.


How does Mercedes-Benz Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC ® work?

Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC ® uses sensors on your vehicle to maintain a pre-set distance away from the vehicle ahead of you. Basically, it functions like cruise control, but it also adjusts to traffic for you, which means that you won’t have to keep unsetting and resetting cruise control.


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Is Mercedes-Benz Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC ® safer than cruise control?

The idea behind Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC ® is not just convenience. It aims to be safer by keeping your vehicle a pre-set distance from the vehicle ahead of it. The distance between the two vehicles should be set far enough to keep everyone safer in cases of stop-and-go traffic. The distance acts as a buffer because you and your vehicle will need time to react if the vehicle ahead suddenly loses control or slows to a stop. Which is why driving close together is not safe, but it often happens with standard cruise control, when stubborn drivers don’t want to reset their speed to match traffic.


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What other safety features work with Mercedes-Benz Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC ®?

Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC ® works alongside Active Speed Limit Assist to keep you safe. Active Speed Limit Assist monitors road signs to keep you at a legal and safe speed while you drive.


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