The view behind
For years, drivers relied on rearview mirrors and craning their necks around when reversing, but these pre-digital methods of backing up didn't show the whole picture. Enter the backup camera, available in most modern cars, which gives a bumper-level view of objects immediately behind the car. Not only do backup camera improve safety, but also let drivers fine-tune parking by coming within inches of another car's bumper without making contact.
The 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-class shows a high-definition view of what's behind the car, and includes overlays showing the car's path based on wheel turn. Some cars add more camera to give a surround view, making it easier to park in tight spaces without banging in a fender.
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The good: Mammoth cabin space and smooth ride quality make the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S550's cabin the place to be, whether in front or back. LED lights and big LCD dashboard panels keep the tech ahead of the pack. A new Steering Assist feature eases driving in heavy traffic.
The bad: App integration loads too slowly for general use. Virtual instrument gauges look a little flat, and it needs a graphic fuel gauge.
The bottom line: Mercedes-Benz takes a big step forward with its 2014 S550 flagship sedan, improving just about every feature in this model update, but app integration suffers from slow connection times.
August 28, 2013 4:46 PM PDT
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