February 6, 2003

Mercedes-Benz Pre-Safe system wins award

Stuttgart, Germany – The anticipatory occupant protection system, called Pre-Safe, developed by Mercedes-Benz has been awarded the 2003 Paul Pietsch Prize by the German motoring magazine “auto motor und sport”. The award is made by the magazine and its European partner publications to mark outstanding achievement and pioneering innovations in the field of automotive technology.

The new Mercedes-Benz concept for improved safety is based on the principle of prevention: Pre-Safe recognises when an accident is imminent and acts immediately to prepare both occupants and vehicle for a possible collision. The Pre-Safe system was first introduced as a standard feature on the Mercedes-Benz S-Class in the autumn of 2002.

Anticipatory occupant protection includes, for example, the immediate tensioning of the seatbelt when an accident threatens, in order to secure driver and front-seat passenger in the best possible position for the airbags to function most effectively in the event that a collision should occur. If necessary, Pre-Safe will even adjust the position of the front passenger seat and of the electrically adjustable individual rear seats, and will automatically close the sliding roof if the vehicle should skid.

The new safety concept is based on the findings of the Mercedes-Benz accident research division, which show that in about two thirds of all traffic accidents there is a considerable delay between recognition that an accident is about to happen and the collision itself.

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