Mercedes Benz has unveiled a new experimental safety vehicle, the Mercedes ESF Concept which is based on the Mercedes GLE.
This new concept car will be used to test out a wide range of safety functions that the company will use in their future cars.
The ESF 2019 stands for the objective of Mercedes-Benz to continue improving vehicle safety in the conditions posed by the mobility of the future. Questions of detail regularly arise during the process of formulating new regulations, standards and test procedures. The ESF provides the engineers with a discussion basis and platform by revealing where the problems lie, and what is important when resolving them – even when not all the sensors are fully mature in their development, for example. This discussion has only just begun in some of the areas addressed by the ESF 2019.
Typical features of the ESF 2019 include e.g. the steering wheel and the retractable pedal cluster, both of which are removed from the driver’s area of movement to create more space when in automated mode. This also significantly reduces the risk of injuries to the lower extremities by the pedal cluster. On the other hand, the position of the driver in relation to the airbag is changed by relocating the steering wheel and by more comfortable, flexible seating. Whether this should result in modified requirements in future regulations and test ratings is best discussed using a real vehicle.
You can find out more information about the new Mercedes ESF Concept over at Mercedes Benz at the link below.