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Mercedes-Benz ESF 2009

The Mercedes ESF: Almost

An experimental concept car from turns turns the entire into an airbag using metal panels that moments before impact.

The named ESF 2009 Experimental Vehicle features gadgetry and features akin to a moon Chassis components inflate to impact resistance. An airbag the car slows and supports the vehicle in a Seats protect passengers eggs in a carton. The list on.

“Safety is a central element of the brand,” Dr. Dieter Zetsche, chairman and Mercedes CEO, in a statement. “In this we have been setting the in the market for almost 70 years. The ESF shows that we still plenty of ideas and the absolute to lead the automobile industry in field even in the future.”

The ESF is just a concept at this and it could be years before any of its appear in showrooms. But the car highlights the automakers are making to build that protect us from other.

And ourselves.

The ESF 2009 is on the S 400 Hybrid.

Volvo, for example, is to offer an almost injury-proof car by an effort Sweden’s head of safety has called the biggest in automaking since the invention of the Automakers are pouring vast into research and development the campaign to increase safety, Mercedes says is imperative as the industry takes a beating the economy.

“Even in economically difficult we refuse to make any cuts innovation is concerned,” said Dr. Weber, who serves on Daimler’s RD

The ESF 2009, based on the company’s S 400 Hybrid. is the first no-holds-barred concept car Mercedes has built 1974, and it highlights some of the best engineering. The two centerpieces of the car are inflating chassis components and the Bag” under the car.

uses inflatable metal within the body to increase absorption. Mercedes says inflate (see diagram to 145 to 290 PSI within fractions of a second on-board sensors detect a is imminent.

The braking bag, between the front axle and the works just like the in a steering wheel. When detect an impending crash, the bag briefly increasing the rate of to 20 meters per second squared. The bag raises the car as much as 8 centimeters to brake dive, which when you stomp on the brake. It crazy, but Mercedes says it

“Initial trials of the principle shown this idea to considerable potential,” Dr. Ing. Schöneburg, the company’s head of development, said in a statement. the next few years we intend to and develop this potential

Mercedes-Benz ESF 2009

The car features an infrared camera to pedestrian, deer and other Mercedes also introduced it calls “Interactive Vehicle It uses a variety of sensors, and wireless networks to provide information about everything the weather to local road Mercedes, which spent years working on the system, is by no alone in developing this Several automakers are working to wireless communication into and researchers in Australia have cars that can convey information and “talk” to other

Mercedes rolled out a slew of protection features in the ESP 2009, “belt bags” that a seat belt with an and “interseat protection.” That is essentially a pair of airbags, one up and one in the rear, between the seats. inflate in a crash to protect like eggs in a carton. is working on a similar system .

features include an improved of the Pre-Safe passenger restraint called Pre-Safe Pulse moves passengers ever-so-slightly the center of the car in a side-impact crash. The Protect” baby seat padded bolsters that the child’s head in a crash. also a child-cam that you keep an eye on Junior without your eyes off the road.

The list goes on and on the press of the car’s features runs 42 but you get the idea. And Mercedes is nowhere done.

“We have a of ideas on how safety might be still further,” Schöneburg “Some of these can be realized a relatively short time. concepts like the inflatable sections in PRE-Safe Structure lie in the future.”

Photos: Mercedes The main photo shows the of the Interavtive Vehicle Communications

The Pre-Safe system uses metal pockets in the body work much an air mattress to impact.

The braking bag deploys an airbag to slow and raise the car impact.

Mercedes-Benz ESF 2009
Mercedes-Benz ESF 2009
Mercedes-Benz ESF 2009
Mercedes-Benz ESF 2009

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