How a Mercedes-Benz responds to an accident.
In order to provide superior occupant protection, a Mercedes-Benz is engineered to be a fully integrated safety system. Should an accident occur, there are four different ways in which your vehicle is designed to respond. It will:
Manage the impact
From the first point of contact with another vehicle, obstacle, or object, your Mercedes-Benz is designed to divert, dissipate, and distribute its forces away from the occupants and passenger cabin
Preserve the occupant space
Since the body structure of your Mercedes-Benz features a highly rigid passenger cell, the structure can absorb some of the energy of an impact through controlled deformation to help keep the passenger cell intact.
Provide a targeted response
Through the use of sophisticated sensors, your vehicle can detect the type, direction, and severity of an impact as it occurs -and in some cases, even before. This helps determine what action needs to be taken to help protect the occupants inside.
Reduce the rate of deceleration
One of the most significant contributors to injury in an accident is the time it takes to come to rest from the speed at which the vehicle was traveling prior to impact. Since neither the starting nor final speed can be changed once an accident has begun, your vehicle's passive safety systems work to lengthen the time in between, which can greatly reduce the impact forces experienced by occupants.
Setting the standard for safety.
Collision Prevention Assist
Using radar to constantly monitor closing speeds between your Mercedes-Benz and the moving vehicles around it, this system determines whether or not a collision is likely, and can help you apply the ideal level of braking.
Blind Spot Assist
This radar sensor system monitors both sides of your vehicle and warns you with visual and auditory signals if it detects a vehicle in your blind spot.
To set your cruise control speed, this driver-assistance system combines automatic speed regulation with proximity control in relation to a vehicle traveling in front.
Lane Keeping Assist
Uses a camera to recognize lane markings. If you begin to stray from your lane, the system can warn you by vibrating the steering wheel.
Sensing that a collision might be imminent, PRE-SAFE® uses a network of sensors (many of them already serving other safety systems in the vehicle) to detect certain conditions which suggest that an accident is about to occur. It then tightens the front seat belts and adjusts the front head restraints and passenger seat, and can even close the windows and sunroof - all to better prepare the occupants for more effective results from the restraint systems.
DISTRONIC PLUS with PRE-SAFE Brake
With advanced radar sensors scanning stopping or slowed traffic, this system can sense whether a collision is imminent and automatically initiate up to 40% braking power, audibly alert the driver, and engage the PRE-SAFE® system. Then, when the driver brakes, 100% braking pressure is instantly applied. And should a driver fail to respond, DISTRONIC PLUS® with PRE-SAFE Brake can apply full braking on its own, serving as an "electronic crumple zone" to help reduce the intensity of a collision.
Using 70 parameters to better determine an individual's driving style, ATTENTION ASSIST® can detect certain steering corrections that suggest the onset of drowsiness. It then considers a wide array of other factors, from crosswinds and road smoothness to how often a driver is interacting with the vehicles' controls and switches. If it all adds up to driver fatigue, ATTENTION ASSIST sounds an alert encouraging the driver to stop for a rest.
Emits a short interference signal through the vehicle's sound system if the risk of a collision is detected. This signal can prepare the ears for the noise and lessen the risk of hearing discomfort or damage.
PRE-SAFE® IMPULSE SIDE
In the event of a side impact, there is only a limited crumple zone available. In order to increase the size of this zone, PRE-SAFE Impulse Side moves the driver or front passenger out of the immediate danger zone before a crash even takes place.
Even though these innovations have been developed to protect you on the road, accidents unfortunately still occur. So, turning to a Mercedes-Benz Certified Collision Center is the best choice for proper vehicle restoration.
A history of Mercedes-Benz safety innovation.
For over 130 years, Mercedes-Benz has been at the forefront of safety innovation. Throughout this time, our engineers have invented, investigated, and continually improved the systems that have often become the standard of the industry.