We are truly living in the future. Whereas once self-driving vehicles were seen as just a marketing gimmick, is now slowly becoming the next big thing in the auto industry. Mercedes-Benz is no stranger to this type of technology as they have been introducing it to their production vehicles, high-tech concepts, as well as their heavy-duty trucks.
Now, the automaker is looking at delving further into automated driving and advanced safety with the 2019 Experimental Safety Vehicle (ESV). Based off a 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE, it essentially previews of things to come in the name of delivering high-tech safety and autonomous mobility.
Take for example the ESV's unique illuminated front grill and doors. While they're definitely pleasing to the eyes, it's actually their to help communicate with other drivers / automobiles. The digital grill, along with the lights, can notify other drivers if they can overtake, or need to look out for imminent danger. They can also relay info to pedestrians so they can safely cross the road.
Another noteworthy feature present on this concept is its all-around driver safety. Should the ESV be in self-driving mode, the steering wheel and pedals are retracted in order to reduce the risk of injury in an event of a crash.
And if the vehicle does get involved in an accident, a miniature robot emerges from the rear of the vehicle and will serve as an early warning device. Meanwhile, the rear window can double as a display to warn other motorists / emergency services of the accident.
There are even new types of airbags introduced in the concept. From an airbag that fully envelopes a passenger from side impacts, to a unique airbag placed at the back of the front seats to keep the rear passengers safe from harm, Mercedes-Benz is looking forward for the safety of every occpant in the vehicle. To keep children safe on the child seat, the Pre-Safe child seat concept can monitor a child's vital signs which will come in handy after an accident.
While the 2019 ESV itself is merely a concept, we will not be surprised if the features and systems installed will b.e used on future production models. In fact, Mercedes-Benz stated that they have already tested and validated some of the advaned safety systems in order to prove that their technology works.
Here's to hoping that Mercedes-Benz makes these systems standard on all future models in the not so distant future.