Airbags everywhere – Mercedes to debut ESF safety concept

Airbags everywhere – Mercedes to debut ESF safety concept

Mercedes ESF safety fq

A large number of the safety features that we now find commonplace in passenger vehicles made their debut in Mercedes-Benz vehicles. So it’s no surprise that the next generation of safety technology is on display in Mercedes’ latest concept car.

Mercedes is preparing to unveil the concept S-Class to showcase the safety features it is currently developing. The ESF 2009 Concept is based on the S400 Hybrid in an attempt to show that green and safe can co-exist — and it comes packed with a bunch of new airbags. There’s a new curtain airbag in between the seats (to stop front occupants from hitting each other), airbags in the seatbelts themselves, and the most radical feature, a giant airbag underneath the vehicle that inflates when a crash is imminent, adding friction to help the car stop while also lifting the front of the car a bit to compensate for brake dive. This airbag under the car does seem odd especially as it could prevent any attempt to steer away from the potential collision but Mercedes did develop the first modern airbag system so it knows what it’s doing. There are also seat bolsters that shift the occupants a couple of inches away from the doors in case of a side impact, metal beams that can actually inflate — thereby cutting weight and saving space on impact beams — and reflective tyres.

With the airbag count rising rapidly in new vehicles, a potential crash is looking more expensive by the day, but Mercedes is staying staunch in its “how can you put a price on safety?” approach.

Mercedes ESF safety fq

A large number of the safety features that we now find commonplace in passenger vehicles made their debut in Mercedes-Benz vehicles. So it’s no surprise that the next generation of safety technology is on display in Mercedes’ latest concept car.

Mercedes is preparing to unveil the concept S-Class to showcase the safety features it is currently developing. The ESF 2009 Concept is based on the S400 Hybrid in an attempt to show that green and safe can co-exist — and it comes packed with a bunch of new airbags. There’s a new curtain airbag in between the seats (to stop front occupants from hitting each other), airbags in the seatbelts themselves, and the most radical feature, a giant airbag underneath the vehicle that inflates when a crash is imminent, adding friction to help the car stop while also lifting the front of the car a bit to compensate for brake dive. This airbag under the car does seem odd especially as it could prevent any attempt to steer away from the potential collision but Mercedes did develop the first modern airbag system so it knows what it’s doing. There are also seat bolsters that shift the occupants a couple of inches away from the doors in case of a side impact, metal beams that can actually inflate — thereby cutting weight and saving space on impact beams — and reflective tyres.

With the airbag count rising rapidly in new vehicles, a potential crash is looking more expensive by the day, but Mercedes is staying staunch in its “how can you put a price on safety?” approach.

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