It’s a widely accepted fact in the motor industry that if you want to know what new tech will be fitted to a run-of-the-mill hatchback in 10-15 years’ time, you take a look at what Mercedes is fitting to the S-Class, it’s range-topping luxo-barge, now.

Mercedes spends £10million a day – yes, a day – on research and development to ensure that its latest S-Class is at the very pinnacle of automotive achievement. As a result, the latest model is bulging with enough computing power to run a multinational company, probably, and is more intelligent than some people, let alone any other cars.

So, exactly what new technologies has the S-Class given us in its 45-year history? Read on to find out…

Start slideshow

Read more from James Barrell