5 Automotive Technologies Pioneered by Mercedes-Benz

October 10th, 2018 by

It is a well known fact that Mercedes-Benz can trace back its roots to the first car ever built. Karl Benz who is one of the founders of the modern day Mercedes-Benz acquired the patent for the first ever four-wheel automobile in 1885. He laid the foundation of a car company that has now revolutionized the automotive industry.

Mercedes-Benz has a history full of innovative technology that it introduced to the car world. Even today, the German automotive company continues to change the game and many other car companies follows its footsteps.

Here are 5 of the most amazing automotive technologies pioneered by Mercedes-Benz:

1.     Honeycomb Radiator

One of the earliest innovations in Mercedes-Benz’s history is creating the first ever closed cooling system for cars. The patent for this honeycomb radiator was filed on 20th September 1900 by Mercedes-Benz. This radiator was based on the tubular radiator, which was created by Wilhelm Maybach in 1897. This radiator was used by almost all car manufacturers all over the world, and it is still used today to cool down the car engines.

2.     The First Ever Supercharged Car

Mercedes-Benz is famous for turbo-charging its vehicles today. However, it also has a bit of a history with superchargers. In fact Daimler-Benz (Mercedes-Benz’s old brand name) was the first company to introduce to production cars.

On 23rd September,1921, Daimler-Benz unveiled two car models at the Berlin Motor Show. The models were 6/20 hp and 10/40 hp and both of these cars had supercharged engines. The cars were also marked ‘K’ notation, which stands for ‘Kompressor’. The Kompressor notation is still used today by Mercedes-Benz for some of its cars.

3.     First Car Company to Introduce Conical-pin Door Lock

Mercedes-Benz also holds the honor of introducing safety locks to its cars. The conical-pin door locks were introduced by Mercedes-Benz in 1958. These locks revolutionized the safety locking in automotive world, and they are still used today.

4.     Electronic Stability Program

Mercedes-Benz was the first car company to introduce electronic stability program for its vehicles in 1995. This system is designed to provide good grip to the cars when going fast around the corners. This system has become so common nowadays that automotive law requires every car to have it.

5.     DISTRONIC PLUS with PRE-SAFE Brakes

In 2006, Mercedes-Benz introduced the revolutionary DISTRONIC PLUS system. This intelligent system is designed to keep the driver and the passengers safe by detecting an oncoming impact. It combines with another technology by Mercedes-Benz, which is called PRE-SAFE. The PRE-SAFE is a brake assist program that applies the brakes to slow down the vehicle in order to avoid the upcoming impact.

This technology became so popular that many other car manufacturers are currently working on it to develop it for their own vehicles. Mercedes-Benz, on the other hand, is working on some other revolutionary technology that we might witness in the near future.


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