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Side impact Flattened steel tubes in the can be inflated in a fraction of a second, and pushing out the door skin to create more crush in the side of the vehicle.

Mercedes new crash safety systems for Benz vehicles

11 October

SIDE-impact bars that like steel airbags in the an underbody airbag that into the road surface to braking force the moment a crash and seats that occupants away from the milliseconds before impact are some of the next-generation crash ideas being trialled by

In all, more than a breakthrough crash safety systems using 27 new patented have been packed two Mercedes ESF (Experimental Safety 2009 test vehicles.

One of was shipped to Australia and shown to the at Mercedes-Benz Australia’s Melbourne last week by a team of the manufacturer’s safety experts led by Cars vice-president of development, and safety, Ulrich Mellinghoff.

From top: Mercedes-Benz Safety Vehicle, active illustration, inflating seat braking bag.

Described by Mr as “guardian angels”, most of the new are triggered by radar detectors the car, giving vital to maximise protection of occupants in a

Mr Mellinghoff said Mercedes-Benz had “made the car more of a thinker” devices such as electronic control, lane keeping autonomous braking and Pre-Safe preparation systems, as it works its goal of accident-free driving.

But he these new systems showed major advances could be made in occupant protection, not crash avoidance.

Mr Mellinghoff that up to 80 per cent of the ideas trialled in the ESF 2009 would it into production, as usual in top-end vehicles such as the S-class and then filtering through the range.

He said as with other Mercedes-Benz advances such as airbags, the would allow other to adopt its patented technologies in the of making motoring safer for

The S400 Hybrid-based ESF 2009 – the such Mercedes experimental vehicle since 1974 – has inflatable metal structures in the to improve side impact

Using airbag-style pyrotechnic triggered by 360-degree radar, the steel tubes in the door can be in a fraction of a second, ballooning and out the door skin to help more crush space in the of the vehicle.

The gas, forced the tube at a pressure of up to 20 bar, in the tube during impact, to defray the energy from the collision. The bars are even by 500g than conventional bars.

Inside the car, bolsters in the seats also pushing the occupants towards the of the car and away from the doors.

like a nudge in the ribs, the bolsters not only provide millimetres between the occupant and the side crash but also up space for the side airbags to more effectively.

Benz engineers told that a perennial problem side airbags was their when passengers rested shoulder or head against the such as when sleeping.

As front and rear occupants from devices that between their heads to a clash of heads. In the rear this takes the form of a part of the console that out from between the top of the seats. Of this can only be used in with two defined rear

Mercedes-Benz ESF 2009

In the front, small airbags are from the seat backs, a barrier between the heads of the and passenger.

In the event of an unavoidable collision, radar triggers a airbag under the front of the using the weight of the vehicle to a rubber skid pad down on the to momentarily increase braking from the usual maximum 1g to 2g.

Mercedes engineers say the additional force has the effect of adding an 180mm of crumple zone to the of the vehicle in a 50km/h impact.

say an additional benefit of the upward of the car as the airbag inflates is that it the diving motion of the car just impact and also helps to occupants – taking up any slack in seatbelts – due to the sudden extra

However, they also that the success in the device is all in the – immediately before impact – as it the front wheels from the meaning conventional wheeled is rendered ineffective for a time.

The ESF also has full emergency triggered by 360-degree radar includes braking in a rear-end

Mercedes says that to popular belief, it is better to the brakes full on during a as it helps to mitigate whiplash by an unrestricted car shooting forward.

It says it is also better to the car after impact to prevent a collision that might, for send a car into oncoming for even more disastrous However, because the driver is shoved back in the car by up to 20cm, the brake pedal can become so Pre-Safe 360 does it for you.

At the of the car, the move to LED lights has the way for adaptive headlights that adjust the distribution of light so oncoming drivers are not blinded by the lights points towards the vehicle, while maintaining light on the other side of the for improved safety.

The system, a camera and headlights with 100 can even spotlight obstacles as a pedestrian on the side of the road to the driver.

Other systems on the ESF include airbags that more effectively to the size of inflatable rear seatbelts to the difficulty of airbag protection for occupants, a child seat with Takata) that effectively protects smaller side reflective elements to the car more visible at night and a seat camera so parents can children without turning

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Mercedes-Benz ESF 2009
Mercedes-Benz ESF 2009


Mercedes-Benz ESF 2009
Mercedes-Benz ESF 2009

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