While numerous manufacturers scramble for a piece of the pie of new-age tech like electrification and autonomous driving to make their models future-proof, recent news from Germany suggests that Mercedes-Benz has something rather revolutionary in the pipeline.
Citing Mercedes-Benz Global Research and Development Head Ola Källenius, Australian website Motoring on Sunday reported that an uncrashable car was on the cards at Munich. At this year’s Consumers Electronics Show, Källenius had shared minor details about the company’s forthcoming car, suggesting that the concept will pair advanced self-driving systems and collision protection to create the ultimate safety vehicle.
Back in 2009, Mercedes-Benz had showcased the ESF concept which was essentially an S-Class loaded with all safety-related tech that the brand could offer back then.
He said if adaptable artificial intelligence that constantly learns controls of the car, and cloud computing is able to see everything at once, there’s no reason why a car should crash—or worse, a human to die in a wreck.
Back in 2009, the German company had showcased the ESF concept which was essentially an S-Class loaded with all safety-related tech that the brand could offer back then. Ten years later, the company seems to be giving the idea another shot. However, Källenius did not reveal the model on which the concept could be based or that if the S-Class will be chosen again. Nonetheless, the executive said that it will be a “jaw-dropper”.
Apart from that, Källenius also noted that a few of the technologies that will feature on the concept are close to series production. He clarified such technology is not a far-fetched vision but something to reduce car wrecks in the near future.
Ola Källenius also noted that a few of the technologies that will feature on the concept are close to series production.
While Mercedes-Benz might have a slew of advanced safety technologies that can work cohesively to make for an uncrashable car, it is not the only manufacturer to have gotten so far along in its endeavours. Volvo had envisioned a similar net of technology for cars in 2008. It revealed its Vision 2020 plan in 2008, aimed at nullifying Volvo-related deaths by the year 2020. It also plays in the firm’s favour that Volvo is renowned globally for making the safest cars in their segments.
The plan had three aspects: make the cars safe in case of a crash, load them up with features to avoid a crash and finally introduce self-driving capabilities for safer driving. While we do not see the Swedish company inching close to such an idea anytime soon, looks like Mercedes-Benz might be giving serious thought to it.