While the Distronic Plus system heightens comfort and active safety in moving traffic, Pre-Safe 360° improves protection and passive safety in case of a rear-end collision. This intelligent protective system uses sensors to monitor the areas to the side and behind the vehicle to a range of up to 60 metres. This enables the Traffic Jam Assistant to engage the vehicle’s brakes 600 milliseconds before an anticipated rear-end collision. It might not be immediately obvious, but there is a life-saving advantage to braking a vehicle that is hit from behind. It helps to prevent secondary accidents — such as the struck vehicle being catapulted into an intersection or pedestrian crossing. Of course the Pre-Safe 360° allows the driver to override the system at any time, and the automatic brake is immediately released if the driver chooses to accelerate.
In every aspect of its conception, the F 800 research car reconciles responsibility for the environment with practical utility, demonstrating core strengths in design, safety, comfort and outstanding performance. With clean and safe technology, an intuitive interface and cultivated design, the F 800 is a realisation of innovative drive concepts that are already close to the large touring saloon production stage. It is truly a vehicle that turns pioneering concepts into reality – a beacon that projects a bright future for premium upper-range saloons with maximum power and zero emissions.