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Mercedes-Benz Vario Research Car

Mercedes-Benz solved the task a compact two-door car, a one-piece superstructure that of roof, side walls and section. This superstructure can be off and easily replaced by another in just 15 minutes.

The Vario Car was associated with a vision. The was that customers do not own the different themselves but take their to a rental station where are exchanged by service technicians customers are having a cup of coffee. a few minutes, customers are able to their journey. It is up to them to for how long they wish to use a superstructure as the rental system is as flexible as the car itself.

Development of the Research Car was prompted by research the future. According to the latter’s people will have leisure time at their and spend this leisure by engaging in very different And they will want to their cars with time activities and everyday use in Keeping one’s own small would, however, be uneconomical. is where the Vario Research Car Mercedes-Benz comes into the

Being a research car, the VRC served the purpose of testing future-oriented engineering features. of these obviously related to the of superstructures. This exchange is to be easily, made possible by the of several components. The service lower the superstructure onto the electric motors pull it its final position and special and strong solenoids keep it in at eight attachment points. For the connections at the rear, differing on the type of superstructure, a central with automatic identification is When the station wagon is mounted, for instance, the rear wiper and washer systems are to the electric circuit.

The superstructures are light and sturdy – the of engineering work comprising the of new materials in the Vario Research The bodies are made of high-tech carbon-fiber reinforced plastic. with aluminum, CFRP is 25 lighter and distinguished by its high The superstructures tip the scales at between 30 – 50 kilograms each, providing levels of stability and crashworthiness their lightweight design.

In the Vario Research Car was used for the of front-wheel drive in a Mercedes-Benz, in this case with a variable automatic transmission, as as for testing Active Body (ABC) designed to improve safety and comfort.

The cockpit features a color that provides the driver all the required information. Operating the actuator in the center console, the can select the desired menu including not only engine onboard computer and trip but also route recommendations the onboard navigation system – far being a matter of course in the year in which the VRC was presented. A feature is the so-called safety showing a green circle as as the driver observes the specified limit. The color and shape of the change when he or she drives or does not maintain the correct margin from the vehicle the circle becomes a yellow or a red triangle to indicate too high a or too short a safety margin, For this function, the onboard system is coupled, among things, with the proximity radar and traction control

A second display is located in the part of the center console. other things, it shows instructions for the air conditioning and the navigation During a refueling stop, the is also informed whether pressure, engine oil level, level, windshield washer level or the lighting system to be attended to. It is noteworthy that the of additional functions is blocked for the on the move so as not to detract him from happening on the road. The front by contrast, has unimpeded access to all information. To this end, the actuator is capable of “feeling” it is touched by a left hand passenger) or a right hand

The Vario Research Car was the first car from Mercedes-Benz featuring technology, including for instance the actuation of steering and braking mechanical connections between the wheel and the driver’s hands or the brake pedal and the driver’s However, the testing of this was not a priority task of the VRC – the focus was on the variability of the bodywork. It is this that makes the car unique – and to this day.

Source: AG

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