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Mercedes E-Active Body Control has five processors, 20 sensors, 1,000 adjustments/second

The new Mercedes-Benz E-Active Body Control technology behaves differently depending on the mode the driver selects.

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The next-gen Mercedes-Benz S-Class is available with E-Active Body Control suspension technology that is designed to predictively adapt to different driving situations, analyzing information at the rate of 1,000 times per second.

The system enhances the car with a variety of equipment and technology. It adds semi-supporting hydropneumatics to the air suspension. The air springs bear the base load of the vehicle body and gradually regulate the level of the model. As explained by Mercedes, "The hydropneumatics generate dynamic forces that overlay the air suspension forces, and actively support and dampen the vehicle body."

2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class The technology is designed to better the experience for the driver and passengers.Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

Each wheel has a damper that is installed inside the axle. That damper's two working chambers have an adjustable damping valve and a hydraulic pressure reservoir. Each damper is connected to an iltelligent motor/pump that works via attachment to the car's 48-volt network by hydraulic lines. The motor/pump regulates the flow of hydraulic fluid, enabling adjustment. All four motors/pumps are coordinated by a central control unit.

The system utilizes five processors, 20 sensors, and a stereo camera to work. In addition not absorbing bumps, the system counters body roll, pitch, and lift.

While in Comfort driving mode, the road surface scan uses the camera to monitor the road surface ahead of the vehicle. The system then utilizes spring struts to reduce body movement. In Curve driving model, the car is allowed to lean into the bends. Mercedes says that the Curve driving mode is helpful for passengers with sensitive stomachs.

When opting for E-Active Body. Control, buyers also have access to new Pre-Safe functionality. When a lateral collision is detected, the vehicle body can be raised by the suspension within a few tenths of a second. This move directs the forces of the impact towards the most resistant structures in the lower area of the vehicle. This can lessen the amount of impact passed onto the cabin and its passengers.

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Toyota Mall of Georgia, one of AutoNation's dealerships, has raised money to support the caregivers at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

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You know the pink license plate brackets and the pink-leather jacket clad spokeswoman. All that pink is paying off. AutoNation announced that it has raised $25 million for cancer research and treatment through its Drive Pink (DRV PNK) Initiative. Drive Pink launched in 2015.

In 2020 alone, DRV PNK funds have been invested in seven major research projects through the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF), the largest private funder of breast cancer research in the world. BRCF focuses their efforts in six different areas: tumor biology, treatment, survivorship, metastasis, lifestyle and prevention, and heredity and ethnicity.

"AutoNation has played a valuable role in enabling BCRF to be at the vanguard of every major breakthrough in breast cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship," said Mrya Biblowit, BCRF President and CEO.

"Every October, we celebrate all that we have accomplished through DRV PNK" said Mike Jackson, AutoNation's Chairman and CEO. "This year, we've taken our mission to new levels, thanks to the incredible support of our Customers, our Associates and our partners."

As part of its DRV PNK efforts, AutoNation works to raise awareness of breast cancer. The company sponsored NTT Indycar Series drivers Jack Harvey, Alexander Rossi, and Marco Andretti who were behind the wheel of vehicles wearing pink liveries.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and AutoNation will be stepping up its efforts throughout the month. Expect to see ad campaigns reflecting such. The company's annual DRV PNK Across America Day by selecting local cancer treatment facilities to receive care bags for patients battling cancer.

For longtime AutoNation Associate and breast cancer survivor, Lisa Logan, DRV PNK is personal. "Sadly, just about everyone has been touched by cancer. I am so proud to work for a company that not only supported me throughout my journey, but that also supports such an important cause."

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The material Jaguar Land Rover is adding to its vehicle interiors is called Econyl.

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As automaker work toward more sustainable business practices, Jaguar Land Rover is working with Econyl nylon to develop high-quality interiors made from ocean and landfill waste. The automaker promises that next-generation Jaguar and Land Rover models will feature floor mats and trims made with Econyl fiber from recycled industrial plastic, fabric offcuts from clothing manufacturers, fishing nets from the farming industry, and those abandoned in the ocean– known as 'ghost nets'.

Econyl nylon was created by Aquafil. It's already been sued in the high-end fashion, sportswear, and luxury watch industries to create handbags, backpacks, swimwear, and watch straps. In one year, the company recycles as much as 40,000 tons of waste, making it in to the nylon. For every 10,000 tonnes of Econyl raw material produced, 70,000 barrels of crude oil are saved and 65,100 tons of carbon emissions equivalent are avoided.

Jaguar Land Rover Econyl interior Jaguar Land Rover has committed to including more sustainable materials in its interiors.Photo courtesy of Jaguar Land Rover

Turning to sustainable materials isn't a new idea. For years Ford has been incorporating all manner of materials into its vehicles including tomatoes, soy, and coffee chaff from McDonald's. General Motors recently showcased a breakdown of how recycled materials are used inside their automobiles.

Bentley's facility in Crewe, England is collecting rainwater for use in its office building allowing the company to not have to draw from the local water system.

Each year automakers release their sustainability report, which champions all the ways that the company is moving forward in its resources conservation plans. This year's GM report sets forth numerous goals. Among them, by 2030, 50 percent of the parts used in General Motors vehicles will be made with sustainable materials. Additionally, GM's Spring Hill plant in Tennessee will run solely on solar power by 2022.

FCA made big strides in 2019. Their 2020 sustainability report touted their 40 percent reduction in water use and 27 percent carbon footprint reduction per vehicle.

Jaguar Land Rover Econyl interior Photo courtesy of Jaguar Land Rover

This week Polestar announced that its Precept concept vehicle is headed into production. When the Precept debuted a few months ago, the company bragged about its sustainable interior.

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