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Mercedes-Benz is a brand generally associated with luxury and comfort, and those are two values that the manufacturer is more than happy to embrace. However, the German marque also prides itself with the safety innovations introduced by its vehicles over the course of time.


Some of them seem like they've existed since the first motorized cart was created, but that's only because most of us weren't even born when they were first introduced. Take the passenger safety cell, for example, which Mercedes-Benz pioneered in 1954. You would imagine that after half a century of cars, somebody would have thought earlier bout creating a more sturdy structure around the most important component of a vehicle: its occupants.

24 years later, Mercedes-Benz also introduced the anti-lock braking system, commonly known as ABS. This feature prevented the wheels from locking under heavy braking, making it much harder for the driver to lose control under these situations. The ABS was developed by fellow German company Bosch, but it was a Mercedes-Benz model that first equipped it.

Volvo prides itself with the invention of the safety belt - and so it should - but Mercedes can add another great safety feature to its list: the airbag. After the ABS, Bosch was also involved in the development of the electronic stability program (ESP), a system that, put bluntly, makes sure the car is going the same way the front wheels are pointing.

Moving closer to years that sound more familiar, Mercedes-Benz introduced the DISTRONIC proximity control in 1999, making it very hard for a car fitted with this system to be involved in a rear-end crash. Assuming the Mercedes was the one coming from behind, that is. The 2000's must have been a pretty lousy period for Mercedes-Benz because the only feature it could pick from then was the ATTENTION ASSIST. The pompously named feature is unanimously accepted as being rather useless, except for coffee vendors whose sales probably increased after Mercedes cars started picturing steaming coffee cups on their dashboards.

This quest for the ultimate safety has brought the auto industry on the verge of adopting the self-driving car, which is essentially a way of encompassing all the safety-oriented features, and much more. Still, it's nice to have a look back and realize how far the vehicles we drive every day have come. Click "play" and have a quick trip down memory lane, courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.




Read more: The Things That Made Mercedes-Benz One of the Safest Brands over the Years - autoevolution
 

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Super Moderator UK SLK 55 AMG 2007
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I am totally converted to MB after the SLKs.

The one feature I'd like to see how it suited is Ford's heated windscreen.
However, the slope of our screens and the filaments of the elements might not prove successful to see out of.
 

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if they made it anything like the

filaments on the heated rear screen of my SL , you'd never notice. Having driven a Ford with that front screen, I found it to be a real optical magnet and quite annoying. I must just be fussy..
 

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Super Moderator UK SLK 55 AMG 2007
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filaments on the heated rear screen of my SL , you'd never notice. Having driven a Ford with that front screen, I found it to be a real optical magnet and quite annoying. I must just be fussy..
The big plus for the Ford was not having to wander in ice and snow to prep for driving.
BB has mobility issues. that meant me doing two cars before going to work and her struggling at the end of work.

At first, I found the filaments irritating, but once I settled into driving (concentrating on distance)
they disappeared.
Tech has come a long way since then.
But unless a retrofit comes out for the 55, I'll never know.
 

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The first week I had All Pretty, her ABS braking saved my life. I was traveling on an Interstate Highway on my way to work when it happened. I was in the middle lane doing a nice 40 MPH up the hill on a three lane exit ramp that split sharply into two directions. Just before I veered left to take the two lane portion with its long decreasing radius turn, a driver ahead in the lane to my left changed lanes and drove across in front of me to make the exit headed in the opposite way (which was on the right side of my car)! That action pretty much forced me off the road braking furiously. As I was not at a complete stop yet, I was headed towards an unguarded slope down at that point where the exit made a V to split into to directions. It is a very, very steep slope down! Rather than try to steer back to the road, I panicked and continued to brake. All Pretty planted her tires and just stopped. She stopped on all those slippery little pebbles that end up drifting to the sides of the roads. Those pebbles just littered that space where the exit split into two directions. That small space was where I was able to stop. Thank you Mercedes Benz for this wonderful car.
 
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