Automotive Innovations by Mercedes-Benz throughout the Years
The contribution of Mercedes-Benz to the automotive world is just too big to be ignored. There is no other automotive company that can claim the same number of innovative accolades as the German automakers.
Below are some of the many innovations by Mercedes-Benz throughout the history:
The First Car
Many other car companies might claim to have created the first car but they are all wrong. The first ever automobile was created in 1886 by Carl Benz, the co-founder of Mercedes-Benz, and he was awarded patent number 37435 for it.
The First Female Driver
The first ever female driver was the wife of the creator of the first car. Bertha Benz drove the first automobile ever created to promote her husband’s invention.
The First Hybrid
Mercedes-Benz developed hybrid vehicle nearly a century before they became mainstream. In 1906, Mercedes-Benz presented its first ever hybrid vehicle which would inspire many other models in the future.
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
The 1931 Mercedes-Benz 170 was the first car in the history of the world to feature the 4-wheel independent suspension system. This system allowed each wheel of the car individually. Mercedes-Benz also added independent hydraulic braking to this system as well.
First Ever Diesel Powered Car
In February 1936, Mercedes-Benz introduced the 260 D model at the Berlin motor show. The 260 D (W138) was the first in history to feature a diesel engine. This car revolutionized the automotive industry as it used 30% less fuel than gasoline powered cars.
Pioneering Crash Testing Program
Mercedes-Benz is also the first company to develop a successful crash testing program. They did it back in 1958 and many other automotive companies followed them afterwards.
Antilock Braking System (ABS)
The ABS was already in development for many years but it was perfected by none other than Mercedes-Benz. The first car to feature the fully developed ABS system under the Mercedes-Benz was the 1978 S-Class.
Redesigned AWD (4MATIC)
Mercedes-Benz redesigned the All-Wheel Drive (AWD) system when they debut their 4MATIC system in 1985. The car that represented the 4MATIC for the first was the 1985 E-Class. This revolutionary AWD system featured electronic traction and automatic skid control which many cars manufactures would adapt to after a decade.
CFC-Free Climate Control
Another Mercedes-Benz innovation in the automobile industry was redesigning the climate control system by replacing the CFC-powered air conditioning with a much safer and eco-friendly system.
Mercedes-Benz pioneered in the breakthrough system known as CAN. The Control Area Network was introduced in 1992. It allows all the sensors of the cars to communicate with each other through an onboard system. CAN system laid the foundation of all the safety features that are found in modern cars today.
The 1998 Mercedes-Benz S-Class was the first car in history to feature a smart key. This technology was way ahead of its time which is a typical Mercedes-Benz attribute.