Mercedes introduced over a dozen innovative safety technologies in a single crossoverMay 25, 2019
The manufacturer claims that the concept is a preview of what should happen to automotive safety technologies in the very near future. The public premiere of the car will be held at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2019
Continuing a long tradition, Mercedes-Benz has just unveiled its latest experimental safety car. This concept “sheds light” on safety ideas, which are currently being worked on by experts, researchers and engineers of the German automaker. While some of these functions are almost ready to be introduced into production models, others are still debuting as a concept.
Based on the newest Mercedes-Benz GLE crossover, the crossover uses a hybrid powertrain with a plug-in module and is able to automate movement in several different situations. The Germans will show a research car at the ESV convention in Eindhoven (Germany) in June of this year, after which its public premiere will be held at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2019.
The manufacturer claims that the concept is a preview of what should happen to automotive safety technologies in the very near future.
Some of the basic safety features of the crossover are related to its semi-autonomous functions. For example, when the car is operating in autopilot mode, the steering wheel and pedals are removed to reduce the risk of injury in the event of an accident. This requires new seats for mounting seat belts and airbags, which are now built into the seats and dashboard, respectively. Another example is the cooperative communications system, which informs other road users of potential road hazards.
For the safety of the smallest passengers, Mercedes is introducing its Pre-Safe Child technology, which uses a pre-tensioned belt and side impact protection elements to reduce the load on the child during an accident. The system also controls the parameters of the seat and vital signs of the child.
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