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If you’re in the market for a new Mercedes-Benz, then your holiday season must be going good. Buying any Mercedes-Benz means you are buying a vehicle of top-tier quality. When choosing a Benz, the issue of which is better isn’t the issue. In fact the title of this article is misleading because it implies that one Benz may reign supreme over another. In reality, which Benz is right for you is more of a matter of personal preference than which one is objectively better. If a safe, comfortable, midsize luxury vehicle is right for you than go for the M-Class. If you’re looking for a top-tier sedan or sports car, I would recommend looking at the AMG.

The M-Class features a modern design where the interior space is disproportionally large compared to the overall size of the SUV. What I mean by that is it has the interior space of an SUV but is the size of a midsize vehicle or crossover. Mercedes-Benz has made a luxury midsize vehicle that performs and feels like a rugged SUV. The most important thing to know about the M-Class is that is has received some of the highest rankings in safety of any vehicle in its class. For Example, usnews.com gave the 2013 M-Class a safety rating of 9.7/10, thecarconnection.com gave the 2014 M-Class a 10/10 for safety, and it is an IIHS top safety pick for 2014. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the M-Class a 5/5. I would recommend the M-Class to anyone traveling with precious cargo such as children. For more information and to see how the M-Class performs like a crossover but feels like an SUV, visit your local Mercedes-Benz dealer.

AMG-branded Mercedes-Benz are often underrated. AMG has been manufacturing racing engines since the 1960’s and has made its mark on the racing world. The average consumer in the market doesn’t see the accomplishments AMG has made in the racing world and so it gets underrated. AMG makes their engines by hand with a motto of “one man, one engine.” Each engine receives a stamp that is unique to the individual who made it. Visit a Mercedes-Benz of Tucson and ask to look under the hood of any AMG to check out the unique maker engine stamp. This practice is similar to how a painter signs their painting once it’s finished.

Mercedes-Benz S500 Intelligent Drive Prototype

Mercedes-Benz has recently revealed information about a new research vehicle prototype – S500 Intelligent Drive. The S-class Intelligent Drive is essentially a self-driving automobile that operates via sensors and accurate mapping, scanning the road around it for obstacles while working to the maps. Systems include a stereo camera, two long-range radars, four short-range radars, a color camera to read traffic lights and a rear-facing camera that cameras the view with the mapping, to ensure the car is locating its position accurately. With its four short-range radar systems and three long-range radar systems, the car will use the data from the sensors and global positioning system to determine its location, the location of obstacles and the available free area for driving.

Mercedes has been testing the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class Intelligent Drive since early 2012. While in development, specially trained drivers were required to intervene to avoid potential hazards, which Mercedes recorded and then modified their system to make sure that the car was better equipped to handle them automatically in the future.

According to Mercedes, there are three obstacles to the car reaching production now. These include the need for even more computing power to enable even greater data processing, optimized mapping that is entirely reliable and a need for laws to adapt. Mercedes expects to release the first self-driving vehicle this decade, and they already working with the German authorities to adapt regulations to allow it.

So far, three types of autonomous driving have been identified, around which to develop regulations: partially autonomous where the driver must constantly monitor the road, highly automated, where the driver can engage in some non-driving activities, and fully autonomous, where the driver need not monitor the road.

Although self-driving cars may not be available for a few more years, you can visit Mercedes-Benz of Tucson to stay current.