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Mercedes-Benz C-Class Owners Manual: Active Steering Assist

Function of Active Steering Assist

Active Steering Assist is country-dependent and only available for vehicles with the Driving Assistance Package.

Active Steering Assist is operational at speeds up to 130 mph (210 km/h) and helps you to stay in the center of the lane by means of moderate steering interventions. It uses the vehicle in front and the lane markings as a reference depending on the driven speed.

When the system is actively steering, the symbol is shown in green in the multifunction display.

If the detection of lane markings and vehicles ahead is impaired, Active Steering Assist switches to passive mode. The system provides no support in this case. During the transition from active to passive status, the symbol is shown as enlarged and flashes yellow. Once the system is passive, the symbol is shown as gray in the multifunction display.

Steering and touch detection

The driver is required to keep their hands on the steering wheel at all times and be able to intervene at any time to correct the course of the vehicle and keep it in lane. The driver must expect a change from active to passive mode or vice versa at any time.

Driving and driving safety systems

If the system reaches a system limitation or the driver has not steered the vehicle for a considerable period of time or has removed their hands from the steering wheel, the system will, depending on the situation, alert the driver either with a visual warning or a visual and acoustic warning. Display 1 appears in the multifunction display.

If the driver does not steer the vehicle over a long period, or has not taken hold of the steering wheel, a repeated warning tone sounds in addition to the visual warning message (depending on the country).

The warning message does not appear or disappears if one of the following conditions are met:

  • The driver steers the vehicle.
  • The driver presses a steering wheel button or operates Touch Control.

Active Steering Assist is only an aid. The driver is responsible for the distance to the vehicle in front, for vehicle speed, for braking in good time and for staying in lane. Before changing lanes, the driver must make sure that the neighboring lane is free (glance over the shoulder).

System limitations

Active Steering Assist has a limited steering torque for lateral guidance. In some cases, the steering intervention is not sufficient to keep the vehicle in the lane or to drive past exits.

The system may be impaired or may not function in the following instances:

  • In snow, rain, fog, heavy spray, if there is glare, direct sunlight, greatly varying ambient light, reflections or strong shadows on the roadway.
  • Insufficient road illumination.
  • The windshield in the area of the camera is dirty, fogged up, damaged or covered.
  • Absence of lane markings, or several unclear lane markings, or if the markings change rapidly.
  • The distance to the vehicle in front is too small and the lane markings thus cannot be detected.
  • The road is narrow and winding.
  • Obstacles on the lane or projecting out into the lane.

The system does not provide assistance in the following conditions:

  • On tight bends, intersections, toll stations, traffic circles and when turning.
  • When actively changing lane without switching on the turn signal.
  • When the tire pressure is too low.
WARNING Risk of accident if Active Steering Assist unexpectedly stops functioning
If the system limitations of Active Steering Assist are reached there is no guarantee that the system will remain active or will keep the vehicle in lane.
  • Always keep your hands on the steering wheel and observe the traffic carefully.
  • Always steer the vehicle paying attention to traffic conditions.

 

WARNING Risk of accident if Active Steering Assist unexpectedly intervenes
A malfunction in the detection of lane markings and objects can occur.

This could cause unexpected steering intervention.

  • Steer according to traffic conditions.

Activating Active Steering Assist

Requirements

  • ESP must be activated, but not intervening.
  • Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC is activated.

Driving and driving safety systems

  • If indicator lamp 1 is off: press button 2.

Function of Active Lane Change Assist

The following function is country-dependent and only available in conjunction with the Driving Assistance Package.

Active Lane Change Assist supports the driver when changing lanes by applying steering torque if the driver operates a turn signal.

Assistance when changing lanes is provided if all the following conditions are met:

  • You are driving on a freeway or road with multiple lanes in the direction of travel.
  • The neighboring lane is separated by a broken lane marking.
  • No vehicle is detected in the adjacent lane.
  • The driven speed is between 50 mph (80 km/h) and 110 mph (180 km/h).
  • Active Lane Change Assist is switched on in the multimedia system.
  • Active Steering Assist is switched on and active.

Driving and driving safety systems

If no vehicle is detected in the adjacent lane and a lane change is permitted, the lane change begins. This is shown to the driver with a green arrow 2 next to the steering wheel symbol.

The Lane Change to the Left message also appears, for example. If Active Lane Change Assist has been activated with the turn signal indicator but a lane change is not immediately possible, a gray arrow 1 appears next to the steering wheel symbol, which remains green.

When the lane change assistance starts, the turn signal indicator is automatically activated beside the display in the multifunction display.

If the assistance graphic is shown when changing lanes, the lane change display appears with an additional arrow pointing towards the adjacent lane.

If a lane change is not possible, the arrow fades out after a few seconds and a new lane change must be initiated. An immediate lane change is only possible on freeway sections without speed limits.

If the system is impaired, Active Lane Change Assist may be canceled. If it is canceled, the Lane Change Canceled message appears in the multifunction display and a warning tone sounds.

WARNING Risk of accident from changing lane to an occupied adjacent lane
Lane Change Assist cannot always detect clearly if the adjacent lane is free.

The lane change might be initiated although the adjacent lane is not free.

  • Before changing lanes, make sure that the neighboring lane is free and there is no danger to other road users.
  • Monitor the lane change.

 

WARNING Risk of accident if Lane Change Assist unexpectedly stops functioning
If the system limitations for Lane Change Assist have been reached, there is no guarantee that the system will remain active.

Lane Change Assist cannot then assist you by applying steering torques.

  • Always monitor the lane change and keep your hands on the steering wheel.

    Observe the traffic conditions and steer and/or brake if necessary.

System limitations

The system limitations of Active Steering Assist apply to Active Lane Change Assist.

The system may also be impaired or may not function in the following situations:

  • The sensors in the rear bumper are dirty, damaged or covered, for instance by a sticker or ice and snow.
  • The exterior lighting is malfunctioning.

Activating/deactivating Active Lane Change Assist

Multimedia system:

Vehicle → Assistance

  • Select Lane Change Assist.
  • Activate or deactivate the function.

Function of Active Emergency Stop Assist If the driver continually ignores the visual or acoustic warning to put their hands on the steering wheel, the Beginning Emergency Stop message appears in the multifunction display. If the driver still does not respond, Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC reduces the speed. The vehicle is decelerated in stages to a standstill. At speeds below 40 mph (60 km/h) the hazard warning lights switch on automatically.

When the vehicle is stationary, the following actions are carried out:

  • The vehicle is secured with the electric parking brake
  • Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC is ended
  • The vehicle is unlocked
  • If possible, an emergency call is placed to the Mercedes-Benz emergency call center

The driver can cancel the deceleration at any time by performing one of the following actions:

  • Steering
  • Braking or accelerating
  • Pressing a steering wheel button
  • Operating Touch Control
  • Activating or deactivating Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC
    Function of route-based speed adaptation

    Overview of Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC displays in the instrument cluster

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