Gone are the days when we Indian were least bothered about the safety features in our cars. Buyers nowadays are very much keen to know about the safety features on offer and with the new crash test norms coming up even manufacturers have started offering some safety features like ABS and Airbags as standard in their models. Mercedes Benz has now confirmed that they are working on a new version of an Experimental Safety Vehicle (ESF) concept that they will debut later this year.
Mercedes is making lofty claim that the cutting-edge technology used in this concept car will make this ESF an uncrashable car. In an interview to an Australian media Mercedes’ R&D head Ola Kalennius hinted something about the upcoming machine.
Things like autonomous driving an d sophisticated driver assistance are all enablers to reduce traffic accidents. Because virtually all traffic accidents are human error”
He also added that some off the tech features in the upcoming new ESF is nearly production ready and is likely to arrive in some of Mercedes-Benz’s vehicles in future. One of the key features likely to be seen on the ESF is the artificial intelligence. The vehicle would collect driving data and share it with the central server to learn to how to control the driver assistance system better. If something goes wrong, the concept would also have a cutting-edge occupant protection tech. So, if an accident does happen, a person would not sustain serious injuries.
Mercedes is planning to reveal this Experimental Safety Vehicle in the middle of this year which means that they might possibly unveil their ESF in the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show in September this year. The timing seems right, and Germany’s biggest automotive industry event would have the right prestige for such a major debut.
The last Mercedes ESF Concept debuted in 2009. Mercedes had used the then upcoming S400 Hybrid. It had lots of extra safety feature tech. In an accident the metal structures would inflate to provide extra protection. In a side impact, the seats moved towards the centre of the vehicle to increase the crush space.