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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, installed the front axle and the underbody, just like the airbag in a wheel. When sensors an impending crash, the bag inflates, increasing the rate of deceleration to 20 per second squared. The bag also the car as much as 8 centimeters to minimize dive, which occurs you stomp on the brake. It sounds but Mercedes says it works.

trials of the principle have this idea to have potential,” Dr. Ing. Rodolfo the company’s head of safety said in a statement. “In the few years we intend to research and this potential further.”

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The car an infrared camera to detect deer and other hazards. also introduced something it “Interactive Vehicle Communication.” It a variety of sensors, cameras and networks to provide real-time about everything from the to local road conditions. which spent seven working on the system, is by no means in developing this technology. automakers are working to bring communication into cars, and in Australia have developed that can convey such and “talk” to other vehicles.

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 .

Other features include an version of the Pre-Safe passenger system called Pre-Safe that moves passengers toward the center of the car in a side-impact The “Child Protect” baby features padded bolsters cradle the child’s head in a There’s also a child-cam let’s you keep an eye on Junior taking your eyes off the

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 Benz. The photo shows the display of the Vehicle Communications system.

The system uses inflatable pockets in the body that much an air mattress to absorb

The braking bag deploys like an to slow and raise the car before

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