Mercedes-Benz at the ESV Safety Conference: The car of the future for even more safety

Mercedes-Benz at the ESV Safety Conference: The car of the future for even more safety
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June 2019
Stuttgart/Eindhoven

Stuttgart/Eindhoven.  From 10 to 13 June, the world's largest conference for automobile safety will take place in Eindhoven/Netherlands. This is where Mercedes-Benz will be presenting the new Experimental Safety Vehicle ESF 2019 to specialist circles. It attractively combines more than one dozen trailblazing safety innovations. The ESF 2019 reflects the mobility of the future with new approaches related to automated driving. An insight into the future of automobile safety will also be provided by the accompanying Mercedes-Benz exhibition and talks given by the company's safety experts.

During the Technical Conference on the Enhanced Safety of Vehicles (ESV), several hundred engineers, representatives from official bodies and politicians will discuss measures and technologies for further improvements in vehicle safety. This year the motto of the Conference is "Technology: Enabling a Safer Tomorrow".

Four talks by Mercedes-Benz safety experts are scheduled for the Conference:

  • Dr.-Ing. Rodolfo Schöneburg, Center Manager for Vehicle Safety, Durability and Corrosion Protection:
    ESF 2019 – Experimental Safety Vehicle meets Automated Driving
  • Alexander Mankowsky, future researcher:
    Informed Trust and Giving Back – an External User Interface for Highly Automated Vehicles
  • Claus Geisler, Strategy and Innovations for Integral Safety:
    New Driver Safety Concept for automated and manual driving mode
  • Abdulkadir Öztürk, Innovations for Integral Safety:
    A step towards integrated safety simulation through pre-crash to in-crash data transfer

The ESF 2019: New safety ideas for a new mobility

With the new Experimental Safety Vehicle ESF 2019, Mercedes-Benz is giving an insight into the ideas that the company's safety experts are researching and working on. Among the one dozen or so innovations, some are near-series developments and some look well into the future.

One important aspect is making use of the virtual crumple zone: this term refers to the time that elapses between the vehicle's response to sensor signals in the pre-accident phase and the impact itself. If an object or other road user enters the virtual crumple zone, many valuable measures can already be implemented to protect the occupants and accident partner. This is possible with PRE-SAFE® and PRE-SAFE® Impulse systems, but also with the help of conventional restraint systems.

The ESF 2019 is based on the new Mercedes-Benz GLE, is capable of automated driving in many situations and has a plug-in hybrid drive system. The ESF 2019 will be presented to the general public at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt in September 2019.

An overview of the key topics covered by the ESF 2019:

  • Comprehensive driver safety for changing seat and steering wheel positions
  • New airbag concepts
  • Vitalising interior lighting
  • Cooperative communication with the vehicle's surroundings
  • Child safety
  • Securing an accident scene
  • New PRE-SAFE® functions
  • Safety and comfort in the rear
  • Active safety

Detailed information on the ESF 2019 here in the long version of the press kit.

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  • 19C0370_020
    The Experimental Safety Vehicle (ESF) 2019 - Innovative airbag for rear seat passengers: new tubular structure and inflation concept; can reduce head and spine injuries by 30 percent.
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    The Experimental Safety Vehicle (ESF) 2019 presents more than one dozen groundbreaking innovations in the field of safety. It thereby reflects the mobility of the future and the new approaches relating to automated driving.
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    The Experimental Safety Vehicle (ESF) 2019 –Cooperative communication with the environment: The ESF 2019 uses light signals to communicate its intentions; it can also warn others of dangers it has detected. Both helps to created “informed trust” between an automated vehicle and its surroundings.
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    The Experimental Safety Vehicle (ESF) 2019 –Cooperative communication with the environment: The ESF 2019 uses light signals to communicate its intentions; it can also warn others of dangers it has detected. Both helps to created “informed trust” between an automated vehicle and its surroundings.
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    The  Experimental Safety Vehicle (ESF) 2019 presents more than one dozen groundbreaking innovations in the field of safety. It thereby reflects the mobility of the future and the new approaches relating to automated driving.
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    The Experimental Safety Vehicle (ESF) 2019 presents more than one dozen groundbreaking innovations in the field  of safety. A roof warning triangle can warn even if the automated vehicle is on the road without a driver.
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    The Experimental Safety Vehicle (ESF) 2019 - Integrated safety: The new steering wheel offers more leg room and can be retracted. The pedals are retractable for greater comfort and safety in automated driving mode.
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    Experimental Saf ety Vehicle (ESF) 2019 - PRE-SAFE® Child: Connected child safety seat with PRE-SAFE® functions. Monitoring of vital signs: The temperature, pulse, breathing, state of wakefulness and sitting time of the child are monitored. During a journey, clearly understandable animations in the media display show the child's condition.
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    The Experimental Safety Vehicle (ESF) 2019 – Vitalizing interior light: The body's natural rhythm is maintained by biologically effective, daylight-like light. The resulting improvement in driver-fitness safety helps to reduce the risk of accidents.
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    The Experimental Safety Vehicle (ESF) 2019 - Integrated safety - new ideas for a new mobility: After being triggered, the new driver’s airbag expands over the top of the beforehand retracted steering wheel.
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    The Experimental Safety Vehicle (ESF) 2019 – Belt feeders in the rear: The rear belt feeder moves to its extended position when the passenger has entered and closed the door.
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    The Experimental Safety Vehicle (ESF) 2019 – Innovative airbag for rear seat passengers: new tubular structure and inflation concept; can reduce head and spine injuries by 30 percent.
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    The Experimental Safety Vehicle (ESF) 2019 – Integral sidebag: This wing-shaped airbag (volume: approx. 40 litres) deploys on both sides from the side bolsters of the driver and front passenger seat backrests. Its protective effect is substantially irrespective of the seat's position and backrest angle.
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    Experimental Safety Vehicle (ESF) 2019 - PRE-SAFE® Child: Connected child safety seat with PRE-SAFE® functions. Before an impending crash, the seat belts of the child safety seat are preventively tensioned and side-mounted impact protection elements are extended if the triggering threshold of PRE-SAFE® is reached.
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    Experimental Safety Vehicle (ESF) 2019 - PRE-SAFE® Child: Connected child safety seat with PRE-SAFE® functions. Before an impending crash, the seat belts of the child safety seat are preventively tensioned and side-mounted impact protection elements are extended if the triggering threshold of PRE-SAFE® is reached.
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    The Experimental Safety Vehicle (ESF) 2019 – Seat-integrated seat belt and electric high-performance belt tensioner: Belt and tensioner are integrated into the backrest. As a result, the belt fits the body as closely as possible in all seating positions.
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    Experimental Safety Vehicle (ESF) 2019 - PRE-SAFE® Child: Connected child safety seat with PRE-SAFE® functions. Installation monitoring: Eight icons on the seat and corresponding 3D animations in the media display signal correct installation.
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    Mercedes-Benz Experimental Safety Vehicle ESF 03 from 1971
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    Mercedes-Benz Experimental Safety Vehicles ESF 22 and ESF 24 (back) in the Mercedes-Benz Museum.
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    Mercedes-Benz Experimental Safety Vehicle ESF 22 from 1973. Detail: Energy-absorbing front.
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    Mercedes-Benz Experimental Safety Vehicle ESF 13 from 1972. Detail: Energy-absorbing front bumper.
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    Mercedes-Benz Experimental Safety Vehicle ESF 22 from 1973.
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    Mercedes-Benz Experimental Safety Vehicle ESF 24 from 1974. Detail: Energy-absorbing rear bumper.
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    Mercedes-Benz Experimental Safety Vehicle ESF 13 from 1972. Detail: Automatically applied front seat belt.
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    Mercedes-Benz Experimental Safety Vehicle ESF 13 from 1972.
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    Mercedes-Benz Experimental Safety Vehicle ESF 13 from 1972. Detail: Extended front crumple zone.
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    In 1969, Mercedes-Benz begins targeted accident research. Here real accidents are analysed and reconstructed in order to gain further findings for safety development. Photo from the 1990s with an estate of the 124 model series as an emergency vehicle.
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    Mercedes-Benz Experimental Safety Vehicle ESF 2009 from 2009. In the background a saloon of the 111 model series from 1959, the world’s first vehicle with safety body, consisting of a stiff cabin structure and energy-absorbing crumple zones at front and back.
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    Mercedes-Benz Experimental Safety Vehicle ESF 22 from 1973.
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    Mercedes-Benz Experimental Safety Vehicle ESF 24 from 1974.
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    Technology centre for vehicle safety: The building in the Mercedes Technology Center in Sindelfingen measures 170 m x 279 m x 23 m, with an investment of approx. Ä 200 million
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    Dummy laboratory: The approx. 120 test dummies are prepared for tests in the precisely temperature-controlled workshop. Each of the dummies costs up to Ä 700,000 and has up to 220 measuring points
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    Mercedes-Benz Experimental Safety Vehicle ESF 05 from 1971.
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    Mercedes-Benz Experimental Safety Vehicle ESF 2009 from 2009.
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    Mercedes-Benz Experimental Safety Vehicles ESV 2009 (2009), ESV 24 (1974), ESV 22a (1973), ESV 13 (1972) – l. to r.
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    Mercedes-Benz Experimental Safety Vehicle ESF 13 from 1972.
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    Mercedes-Benz Experimental Safety Vehicle ESF 13 from 1972
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    Mercedes-Benz Experimental Safety Vehicle ESV 24, 1974.
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    Mercedes-Benz Experimental Safety Vehicle ESF 24 from 1974.
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    Mercedes-Benz Experimental Safety Vehicle ESF 24 from 1974. Detail: Energy-absorbing front bumper.
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