The Mercedes-Benz S Class has been the perennial leader for new technologies in the automotive sector for decades, and with the launch of the latest generation that trend looks set to continue.

The new 2014 S Class’ tech features are numerous but the big ticket items are its advanced safety technologies and autonomous driving ability--yes, the new 2014 Mercedes-Benz S Class will be the first production vehicle that will be able to drive itself (in certain situations).

This video gives a good rundown on some of the features, though it should be noted that the model presented is a European-spec car and some elements may not be offered on versions delivered to the U.S. market.

As you may have guessed, the area Mercedes engineers focused on the most in developing the new S Class is in the area of safety. Here, numerous sensors located around the car (26 in total) help monitor the vehicle’s surrounding in all directions.

These sensors work together with the vehicle’s active braking systems which can determine if you’re about to crash into an object, including moving ones such as cross-traffic or pedestrians that may happen to jump out on the road, and alert you and even apply the brakes independently if necessary.

But it’s not just about safety. The interior of the new S Class is just as dramatic an improvement; it's almost halo concept-level style and finish, but in a production form. Here, designers have added mood lighting, remote-controlled massage functions and foldable work tables for the rear passengers.

Sales of the 2014 S Class commence this fall, initially in S550 guise. More versions including high-performance AMG models and a plug-in hybrid will be launched within the following year.

For a more in-depth look at the 2014 S Class’ safety features, click here.

And, for a video of the car’s official launch in Hamburg, Germany last month, click here.


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