The integral safety concept from Mercedes-Benz divides vehicle safety into four phases
Virtually no other area inspires the Mercedes-Benz engineers to produce such consistently impressive results as the research into new safety technologies. The first milestone towards attaining outstanding safety was reached back in the 1950s with the development of the passenger safety cell, invented by Béla Bárenyi. Today it is just one of many components of the integral safety concept which edges Mercedes-Benz vehicles ever closer to our vision of accident-free driving.
Phase 1: safe driving
Most accidents start long before the actual collision: with a lapse in concentration, poor visibility or hazards which cannot be anticipated. That's why the Mercedes-Benz safety concept employs a range of measures to support safe driving in everyday operation and to help you bring critical situations under control.
Cars from Mercedes-Benz have a host of safety systems to prevent accidents. Should the worst come to the worst, however, a number of occupant safety measures are activated. They include protection for the vehicle occupants as well as for other road users.
To reduce consequential damage after an accident and support the work of the rescue services, a number of different actions are initiated, depending on the type and severity of the accident:
Best possible protection: the engine can be turned off automatically and the fuel supply can be cut off.
Eye-catching lighting: hazard and emergency interior lights can activate automatically to lower the risk of accidents and help locate the car.
Measures to aid rescue: where necessary, side windows are lowered by a small amount and the doors can be automatically unlocked. Additionally, integral crash joints between the wing and the door can make opening the doors after a frontal collision easier.