eBook: Safety as programme

eBook: Safety as programme
July 2009
eBook: Safety as programme
Safety is a leitmotif in the history of
Mercedes-Benz. The numerous technical innovations with which the brand repeatedly has set standards in active and passive safety since the invention of the automobile in 1886 testify to this. With that, Daimler AG simultaneously assumes a higher responsibility because it views safety as a comprehensive system that helps everyone.
Every motorist knows and uses highlights of this continuous work as technical artefacts: from the rigid passenger cell (patented in 1951, first realised as a standard feature in 1959 in the Mercedes-Benz W 111 series) through the airbag (introduced in 1981 in the W 126 series S-Class, initially for the driver) to the Electronic Stability Program ESP® (introduced in 1995 in an S-Class Coupé of the C 140 series). And each new model of the Stuttgart brand shows with innovative solutions that vehicle safety is one of the most important concerns of Mercedes-Benz engineers for the future too. The latest systems presented in 2009 include the ATTENTION ASSIST as well as crosswind stabilisation as an added function of the Active Body Control ABC.
On the occasion of the Technical Conference on the Enhanced Safety of Vehicles, taking place in Stuttgart from 15 to 18 June 2009, the company has compiled a reader containing original documents from the archives of Daimler AG. They shed light on the history of the systems and features successfully established in production cars. And they stand for the people behind them, and thus for the continuity of research and development, for the determination to develop the new and improve the old in the service of safety, for constructive thinking in general contexts and long periods of time.
Twenty-six documents in different forms from more than 60 years have been compiled in this reader: papers describe research from which important patents later emerged; internal reports anticipate what soon was presented to the public in press texts; and interviews reflect the personal maxims and questions of those people whose inventions are explained in technical communications.
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