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Cozz
02-28-2005, 07:20 PM
Source: DCX Media<p><b>Stuttgart, Feb 28, 2005 </b><p><i>In future Mercedes-Benz will make a further contribution towards a reduction in rear-end collisions by means of flashing brake lights. The EU licensing authority has recently approved this technology, and it will now enter series production in the S-Class for the first time. Research by Mercedes engineers has shown that driver reaction times are shortened by up to 0.2 seconds if a flashing red warning signal is given instead of the conventional brake light during emergency braking. At a speed of 80 km/h this reduces the stopping distance by approx. 4.40 metres, and at 100 km/h by no less than 5.50 metres or so. This means that flashing brake lights are an effective and easily implemented way to reduce rear-end collisions. The Mercedes-Benz S Class is now the first car to feature this innovative, adaptive brake light. It will shortly be followed by the CL-Class Coupes.<p>Specialists at Mercedes tested various warning light systems during their study. Brake lights which light up four times as quickly as the amber hazard warning flashers during emergency braking proved particularly effective in alerting following drivers to the danger of a rear-end collision. The Mercedes study also revealed that switching on the hazard warning system in a dangerous situation has no significant effect on the reaction times of other drivers.</i><p><IMG SRC="http://wwwsg.daimlerchrysler.com/GMS/CONTENT/IMAGES/847968RZ_Bremsl_en__mid.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>I don't think you'll be seeing flashing lights all the time. I think it will be only when the computer notices hard braking on the S-class

Naga Royal Guard
02-28-2005, 07:27 PM
the 7 classe had a system where the lights would reflect how hard the braking was in terms of brightness/intensity

Cozz
02-28-2005, 07:30 PM
had? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/cwm13.gif" BORDER="0">

Naga Royal Guard
02-28-2005, 07:34 PM
has, woops, i dont know ( nor do i care ) what the newest iteration has :)