Michael Schumacher, one of the greatest Formula 1 drivers in history, tested the safety systems of the new C-Class at the Mercedes Technology Centre in Sindelfingen. The test site is called SimCity and it is a secluded area where new assistance and safety systems can be tested.
The central focus of Schumacher's test drives with the Mercedes-Benz C-Class was on assistance systems such as Collision Prevent Assist Plus – which warns the driver visually if the gap between the cars is insufficient and can even partially brake the car by itself, Distronic Plus with steering assist, Brake assist Plus, Active Blind Spot assist – which warns the driver acoustically if there is a vehicle in the car’s blind spot, Active Lane Keeping Assist and the Pre Safe Brakes developed by Mercedes-Benz.
"Nobody is able to give 100% concentration all the time over a longer period to cope with the car and traffic situation. Sometimes just a moment of inattention is enough. And that is precisely why I support intelligent assistance systems for passenger cars. Assistance systems are never distracted and never get tired. Assistance systems have no delay for reaction time. They can save lives.", said Schumacher.