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Old 03-22-2006, 10:28 PM   #6
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The real story is even better. I posted about it once before, let me see if I can find it.

Here we go:

Originally Posted by avalys
I bet none of you know the real story behind this test. Initially, we were told that the system simply failed to work, because of the steel structure of the building it was in, resulting in a crash. And that was it. But the truth is more interesting.

A TV station asked Mercedes to demonstrate their collision avoidance system. They picked this large building to film the demonstration. Mercedes engineers told the TV station that the system would not work in the building, for the reason mentioned above, but the TV producer said he didn't care, he still wanted film of the car "automatically" stopping, even if it had to be rigged. So, instead of the car's active cruise control doing the work, the Mercedes engineer driving the car would simply apply the brakes himself. Pieces of wood were placed on the ground to tell him when he needed to do so, since (as you can see in the video) it was quite foggy.

The problem was, the new S-class's suspension was so well-designed that the engineer didn't notice that he had run over the wood, and thus didn't apply the brakes. Bam.
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