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The Mercedes-Benz ESF 2009 Experimental Vehicle

The go-ahead for the ESF was given in 2008, and the decision was received great enthusiasm in the test

by Chris Danielson | 11 June

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The ESF is the first Experimental Safety Mercedes-Benz has built since Like its historic predecessors, it combines trailblazing innovations in the of safety and makes the progress visible. Integrating all the ideas and them for a clear appreciation was an challenge for the team in the test workshops.

The go-ahead for the ESF was given in 2008, and the decision was received great enthusiasm in the test “Making safety visible – I was able to assemble a highly team for this interesting says Axel Wittig, the leader for the entire workshop “The complexity of this was a welcome challenge, as we not only had to the numerous innovations into an S 400 but also make them functioning in demonstration mode and a look behind the technical by incorporating eight inspection in the bonnet, bumpers and doors.”

The core workshop team for the ESF headed by coordinator and facilitator Peter Hiller, consisted of model-builders and two electricians. The team was by Jürgen Arnold, who took of the electrical engineering, and designer Rissmann, who e.g. prepared the apertures for the inspection windows. It was possible to keep to the ambitious because countless internal the upholstery specialists in Design to engineering) and external suppliers rapid and unbureaucratic assistance. great enthusiasm for the core expertise of safety could be at all times”, project manager Fehring remembers: “The spirit’ ensured rapid without time-consuming consultation Sheer fascination for technology played an important part. The to take a look into a sensor, which is normally supplied as a ‘black box’ but was in case integrated into the bumper in a cutaway state, many an engineer who was not involved in the into the workshop bay for the ESF 2009.

The of this project, which the integration of 13 safety innovations the hybrid version of the S-Class only existed as a prototype the work started, is already by the fact that a completely new harness had to be designed and produced. At the of the demonstration technology is a divided air tank in the boot, with a and external power supply, provides the airbags and the air chambers for Pulse and Interseat Protection air. The finishing touch for the ESF is a central remote control for all the functioning demonstrations.

The result of all this work was two vehicles in the special ESF paint which includes black-painted trim and reflective strips on the seals and tyres: the actual ESF and its externally identical brother, can be used for driving and photographic

Interview with Prof. Dr. Rodolfo Schöneburg, Head of Development, Mercedes-Benz Cars.

Dr. Ing. Rodolfo Schöneburg was on 30 October 1959, studied engineering and obtained his doctorate at the University of Berlin. He holds an professorship at the College of Technologyand Economics (HTW) in Dresden. He has active as the head of the centre for functions at Mercedes-Benz since 1999. It was under his aegis the preventive occupant protection PRE-SAFE®entered series production in with which Mercedes-Benz a new era in vehicle safety. Here are of Prof. Schöneburg’s comments on the ESF experimental safety vehicle.

Question: Prof. Schöneburg, the period from 1971 to Mercedes-Benz presented four Safety Vehicles (ESFs) to the Then there was silence.

Prof. Schöneburg: At the end of the 60s, safety suddenly became a of public attention. In 1969 the Safety Centerwas founded in Numerous developments were ranging from active with ABS and ESP® to fundamental in vehicle structures and innovative systems such as the airbag. All of were tested and presented in our and from the mid-70s more and of these innovations reached production maturity. Accordingly were subsequently presented the launch of new series production

Question: So why are you presenting another vehicle now, the ESF 2009?

Schöneburg: Both in-house and the large number of safety that we already have in our production cars has created the that we do not have much to offer in this respect. impression is quite wrong – we a wealth of ideas on how safety be improved still further. of these can be realised within a short time, for example for rear-end collisions. Other like the inflatable metal in PRE-SAFE Structure lie well in the And with Interactive Vehicle we are only just starting to a completely new field. The ESF 2009 offers up all these perspectives. our intention was to send out certain for the ESV Conference, which is being in Stuttgart for the first time 1971.

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Question: What is particularly about the ESF 2009?

Prof. As with the ESFs of the 1970s, is a comprehensive embodiment of our safety The primary aim is to prevent accidents in the place. Where this is not the aim is to mitigate their effects. we want to approach both of goals without increasing the weight, restricting its practicality or the autonomy of the driver. He or she bears the responsibility – and the car should provide in the process.


Question: What new have been incorporated the ESF 2009 to prevent accidents possible?

Prof. Schöneburg: start with the concept of and being seen”. The LED headlamps of the not only illuminate the road and more efficiently, but also that other detected users are not dazzled in the process. The function is something quite it precisely pinpoints obstacles or that have been by the infrared Nightvision camera. to new reflective strips on the sides, leave the body design during daytime, the ESF 2009 is much more easily to other road users in the One technology which we think has potential for the next few years and is car-to-car communication. This it possible to warn drivers of on their route as the situation

Question: In addition to highly restraint systems, Mercedes with PRE-SAFE ® have a safety system that can an impending accident and mitigate its with numerous actions up to automatic emergency braking. Is it possible to make significant to this already high

Prof. Schöneburg: Yes indeed. The for PRE-SAFE®is a network of onboard and systems, and this is where we have plenty of ideas for developments. Take side as an example: with the help of air in the seats, it would be possible to the passengers away from the zone to some extent. We already spoken about where rear-end collisions are And the Braking Bag is a completely new approach to off energy before an impact

Question: At first glance is a crazy idea – using an under the car to force a high-friction against the road surface as an brake…

Prof. Schöneburg: unusual, but by no means crazy. trials of the principle have this idea to have potential. In the next few years we to research and develop this further.

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