Mercedes continues to lead in vehicle technology

Way back in 1886 Karl Benz patented with the rights, the development of the first ever car, a three-wheel vehicle which was called the Motorwagen. From that day onwards Mercedes-Benz has delivered high quality luxury vehicles in every possible segment that it can think of. From the basic Smart car to the luxurious Maybach sedan, and let’s not forget the wide range of commercial vehicles, trucks and busses.

To understand even better the move from producing transport vehicles in all segments (from basic cars to prime mover trucks and busses, Mercedes has delivered luxury within.

Example, the Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen. This is an iconic SUV like never before. Initially built as a military vehicle back in the late 70s it slowly evolved into a purpose vehicle for farmers and traders. Then an idea struck to ‘pimp’ it up and today it is the must have vehicle for millionaires, tech-bosses, movie stars and rap singers. Well, we would like one also, but we can’t afford it as yet.

Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen classic 2 door

PRESS RELEASE: When Imagination Becomes Real Life

The F200 model was initially introduced as a concept prototype with a wide range of technological augmentations. Helping form the basis of the design used in the S-Class and the CL-Class, the F200 imagination, interestingly, didn’t include side mirrors or your standard rear-view. Instead of these features that aid visibility, the F200 included four cameras mounted in the corners of the roof, and one additional camera fixed to the rear bumper.

Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen classic interior

Output from the cameras was fed to a digital screen where the mirror would typically be located. Despite the fact cars in 2019 are still using mirrors, quite remarkably, the F200 started a revolution that would see parking cameras included in the vast majority of vehicles. Meanwhile, ambience was high up on the list of priorities of the F200, with an industry first lector-transparent glass roof, which, with the touch of a button, would morph from see-through to opaque.

Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen luxury

Creation of the Airbag

It’s hard to believe that airbags weren’t always a necessary feature of cars. Back in 1981, after more than a decade of development and testing, undoubtedly the world’s most crucial safety feature was finally introduced. Becoming a common feature in all Mercedes vehicles as of 1992, two years before the passenger side airbag was introduced, there is no denying that the airbag has transformed automotive health and safety.

Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen AMG

Anti-lock Brakes

The concept of the anti-lock brakes was originally created by Gabriel Voisin in 1929, which prevents wheels from locking. However, it wasn’t until the 1970s when a joint venture between Bosch and Mercedes saw the system introduced into production vehicles. Now, ABS, which helps the driver maintain control of the vehicle, is a standard feature on every vehicle following the introduction by Mercedes. The safety in vehicles was rapidly enhanced as a result.

Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen AMG

Implementation of Touch-Sensitive Controls

A concept which has completely revolutionised motoring is ease of use. Ease of use is an increasingly important aspect of motoring, for example consider cruise control and how this has drastically enhanced the everyday driving experience. Back in 2017, Mercedes unveiled the tech features available on their next generation E-Class, one of which being an innovative system which lets the driver control the infotainment system from the steering-wheel using finger swipes. Not only is the system effortless and considerably safer than the alternatives, it was also an industry first when Mercedes rolled it out.

Mercedes-Benz Maybach

It is undeniable that Mercedes is an industry leader in the automotive industry. From innovation in safety to amusement, Mercedes has truly thought of it all. One step ahead of their competitors, we can’t wait to see what other advancements they have under their sleeve.

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