Safety

  • Sindelfingen, Nov 30, 2016 - In the presence of the Minister President of the German state of Baden-Württemberg, Winfried Kretschmann, Mercedes-Benz today crashed an E-Class Saloon to mark the opening of what the company describes as the world's ultimate state-of-the-art crash test centre, built at its site in Sindelfingen. The new Vehicle Safety Technology Centre (or TFS, from the German for its name), opens up totally new opportunities, for example for vehicle-vehicle tests, for work on designing assistance systems and PRE SAFE®, and for the validation of vehicle concepts involving alternative drive systems. The investment amounts to a three-digit million euro sum.
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  • Sep 28, 2016 - The E-Class Saloon has achieved a full five-star Euro NCAP rating, significantly exceeding the standards the independent safety test requires a vehicle to attain in order to be awarded five stars.
  • Fuel consumption combined: 4.3-3.9 l /100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 112-102 g/km.
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  • Stuttgart/Berlin, Nov 26, 2015 - Only half as many road traffic fatalities in 2020 as in 2010 – in 2011 the VDI company for vehicle and traffic technology (FVT) associated itself with this overall European transport policy goal in its "Berlin statement on vehicle safety". However, the half-time results that FVT chairman Prof. Dr Ing. Rodolfo Schöneburg reported at the 10th VDI Safety Convention in Berlin show that considerable efforts are still needed to achieve this goal.
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  • Sindelfingen, May 12, 2015 - Milestone reached: construction having begun in July 2013, some 350 guests were today present at the topping-out ceremony for the world's most advanced crash test facility. The new test centre measures 270 by 170 metres with an internal, pillarless test arena – the heart of the crash facility – measuring 90 by 90 metres to allow even complex junction/pre-accident situations to be recreated in future. Consequently, the area of the test arena is considerably larger than a normal football pitch.
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  • Stuttgart, Nov 13, 2014 - Light pioneer Mercedes-Benz offers a preview of what the future holds: instead of the 24 LEDs of the gridded high beam module in the CLS headlamp, 84 LEDs per headlamp will soon be providing for even better light quality and even greater safety at night. In the medium term, as many as 1024 pixels per LED will enable optimum illumination of the road at every speed and in all traffic conditions – and without dazzling other road users.
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  • Stuttgart, Oct 22, 2014 - The new B-Class, which has just been presented to international journalists, comes with COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS as standard. Accident researchers at Mercedes-Benz anticipate that this feature could cut the number of serious rear-end collisions by up to 30 percent compared with vehicles that do not have a corresponding protective system. For their prognosis, the safety experts used figures from Germany's Federal Statistical Office to assess how effective standard-fit COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST has been in the B-Class to date and simulated digital accident data.
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  • Stuttgart, Jun 16, 2014 - In the new generation of the CLS-Class, Mercedes-Benz is using the new technology of MULTIBEAM LED headlamps for the first time. High-resolution precision LED modules, each with 24 individually controlled high-performance LEDs, automatically illuminate the road with a hitherto unsurpassed, precision-controlled distribution of exceptionally bright light – without dazzling other road users. A camera positioned behind the windscreen delivers the information with which four control units the ideal light pattern 100 times per second.
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  • Stuttgart, Jun 21, 2013 - In 2010 the Mercedes-Benz CLS was the world's first series-production car to feature dynamic LED High Performance headlamps incorporating all the adaptive light functions of regular xenon systems. The new S-Class is the first series-production car ever to fully dispense with regular bulb sets and make use exclusively of energy-efficient LEDs. And the next step is now due to be made with Active Multibeam LED, which celebrates its premiere at Mercedes-Benz in the coming year.
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  • Stuttgart, May 23, 2013 - When every second counts: with a small yet effective innovation, Mercedes-Benz wants to make the rescue of accident victims safer and swifter. In future a QR code, which can be read by smartphones and tablets, placed on Mercedes-Benz cars, will provide a rescue map for every vehicle type, which can be shown on the device's display. This chart contains all the information necessary to rescue any injured occupants speedily.
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  • Stuttgart, Feb 7, 2013 - Since the American crash test program US NCAP was made more stringent in 2010, only a few vehicles have achieved the highest assessment with five stars. These elite vehicles include the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and M-Class. These both also achieved top marks in the European Euro NCAP rating and in the test by the American Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), thereby confidently mastering three of the most challenging international safety ratings. This underlines Mercedes-Benz's exceptional position as a pioneer in safety and a technical trendsetter.
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  • Stuttgart, Jan 21, 2013 - In recent months there have been a shocking number of fatal accidents caused by so-called wrong-way drivers. Mercedes Benz has now developed an assistance system which aims to eliminate this threat and can even prevent drivers from driving unintentionally in the opposite direction to the flow of traffic. The new traffic sign assistance system designed by the Stuttgart-based premium manufacturer is able to recognise no-entry signs and issues an acoustic and visual warning to the driver if he or she should stray on to the incorrect carriageway and become a dangerous wrong-way driver.
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  • Stuttgart, Jul 20, 2012 - The Beltbag, one of the highlights from the ESF 2009 Experimental Safety Vehicle, is due to go into production in a luxury-class model from Mercedes-Benz. The inflatable seat-belt strap is able to reduce the risk of injury to passengers in the rear in a head-on collision by lessening the strain placed on the ribcage.
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  • Stuttgart, Feb 7, 2012 - Active seat-belt buckle is a new innovation for the rear seats which is currently under development by safety pioneer Mercedes-Benz and will shortly go into series production in one of the Stuttgart manufacturer's luxury-segment models. An electric motor extends and retracts the seat belt buckle automatically. In this way, the belt slack in the area of the pelvis and thorax can be reduced and passengers are secured more firmly in sideways and lengthways directions.
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  • Stuttgart, Oct 6, 2011 - On the 5th and 6th October, the Association of German Engineers ("Verein Deutscher Ingenieure" - VDI) organised its 8th Safety Conference in Berlin, under the chairmanship of Prof. Dr. Ing. Rodolfo Schöneburg, Head of the Passive Safety Centre at Mercedes-Benz, and Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Volker Schindler, Head of the Department of Automotive Engineering of the Technical University of Berlin. The focal point of the conference was the topic of the safety of vehicles with alternative drives.
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  • Stuttgart, Dec 8, 2010 - The ability to detect pedestrians on the road and highlight them on the display in the instrument cluster to warn the driver has been a feature of the Active Night View Assist Plus since 2009. Now Mercedes-Benz is presenting the latest development stage of the system as a world premiere in the form of a spotlight function. The new assistance system goes a significant step further:
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  • Stuttgart, Oct 11, 2010 - Recently at the Paris Motor Show, Mercedes-Benz picked up the prestigious Euro NCAP Advanced Reward safety prize for its anticipatory occupant protection system PRE-SAFE® and also PRE-SAFE® Brake driver assistance system. Now the company is continuing to pursue its global safety strategy by holding its first Roadshow Safety in Australia.
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  • Stuttgart, Jun 22, 2010 - Summer sunshine and sandy beaches by the sea - in a few days' time the great annual holiday period gets under way in a number of German federal states, starting with Bremen, Niedersachsen, Sachsen-Anhalt and Thüringen. For many people, heading off on holiday is the longest car journey which they make during the whole year. "The more the car is able to take the pressure off the driver, the more stress-free driving on long journeys can become", explained Dr. Jörg Breuer, Head of Active Safety of the Mercedes-Benz passenger car division, speaking on the fringes of a traffic safety conference in Berlin. Avoiding stress-induced accidents and improving physiological safety are among the main focal points of the safety research undertaken by Stuttgart-based automotive manufacturer Mercedes-Benz.
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  • Stuttgart, May 7, 2010 - With an eye on future generations of driver assistance systems, Mercedes-Benz is the first vehicle maker worldwide to introduce an innovative proving method into its test driving portfolio – safety-critical driving manoeuvres that cannot be precisely reproduced by human drivers are now being handled by autopilot on closed test tracks. “Automated driving” supports the development, testing and validation of assistance systems and other vehicle safety features.
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  • Stuttgart, Nov 9, 2009 - Mercedes-Benz, Maybach and smart - all car brands which feature among the world's safest vehicles. The high potential for protection is a result of the holistic approach taken by Daimler AG, which focuses on avoiding traffic accidents as well as reducing both the severity and the consequences of accidents. Admittedly protection mechanisms are pushed to their limits when the underlying conditions make the intervention of controlling measures difficult:
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  • Stockholm/Stuttgart, Sep 23, 2009 - The EU Commission has presented Daimler AG with an eSafety Award in the "Industry & Technology" category. The prize was awarded for the company’s longstanding commitment and pioneering role in the introduction of vehicle technologies designed to improve traffic safety. Zoran Stancic, deputy director general of the EU-commission, presented the award to Prof. Dr. Jörg Breuer, senior manager for Active Safety at Daimler AG.
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  • Stuttgart, Aug 31, 2009 - The evidence is now clear: drivers of Mercedes vehicles are safer on the road than drivers of other car brands. This is the result of a study of Mercedes accident research based on official, anonymous data samples from the Federal Office of Statistics. Having looked at 18,748 accidents resulting in personal injury during the period from 2003 to 2007, the study found that the risk of being seriously or fatally injured as the driver of a E Class, is 10.4 percent lower than for comparable vehicles of other brands.
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  • Stuttgart / New York , Nov 17, 2008 - The 15th World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) will take place in New York from November 16 to 20, 2008. Mercedes-Benz, one of the biggest sponsors of the World Congress, will present the driver assistance systems of the future at the event. “Mercedes-Benz vehicles have been considered the safest and most comfortable in the world from the very beginning,” says Prof. Bharat Balasubramanian, Vice President Group Research & Advanced Engineering E/E, Processes and IT at Mercedes-Benz.
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  • Stuttgart, Dec 10, 2007 - A new type of assistance system, designed by Mercedes-Benz to warn the driver of tiredness and the dreaded phenomenon of nodding off at the wheel is now undergoing a final test phase. The system uses various sensors to analyse driving behaviour and recognises tiredness-related changes in the driver’s personal driving style. In this event the driver is prompted to take a break. Once all of the tests have been completed, the system will go into series production at Mercedes-Benz in 2009.
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  • Stuttgart, Jun 26, 2007 - The world’s largest and most important conference on automotive safety will take place in Stuttgart in spring 2009. During this "Technical Conference on the Enhanced Safety of Vehicles" (ESV), engineers, representatives from official bodies and politicians will discuss measures and technologies for the further improvement of vehicle safety.
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  • Stuttgart, Jun 19, 2007 - The NHTSA, the US transport safety authority, has awarded the U.S. Government Award for Safety Engineering Excellence to Dr. Rodolfo Schöneburg, Head of Passenger Car Safety Development at Mercedes-Benz. This award marks the US government's recognition of the outstanding contribution which this Mercedes engineer has made to the field of automotive safety.
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