The Steering and lane control assistant incl. Traffic Jam Assistant can be activated to support the driver in monotonous traffic situations. Between 0 and 210 km/h the system steers the vehicle automatically and always keeps the vehicle in the middle of the lane.
The cutting-edge steering function uses multiple area surveillance radar systems and a stereo camera. The system positions itself using the edge-of-lane markers and the vehicle in front, if applicable. It automatically maintains the desired distance from the vehicle ahead and regulates the car's speed down to a standstill, as well as providing active steering support. The Steering and lane control assistant represents another milestone on the path to achieving highly automated driving.
Although the system is capable of driving the vehicle independently, the driver is still legally required to continue driving with both hands on the wheel. If the driver does not comply with this requirement, the system sensors will recognize this fact and warn the driver acoustically after a certain period of time. It will thenl enter stand-by mode, as is the case if the indicator is activated for changing lanes or if the system requirements are no longer met, e.g. the lane is too narrow.