Between 23 June and 16 August 2009, Mercedes-Benz will be presenting a special exhibition with automotive safety as its theme. The Experimental Safety Vehicle (ESF) 2009, which we’ve covered in great detail last week, gives a fascinating insight into future systems, whilst ESF vehicles of yesteryear document the history of safety technologies from Mercedes-Benz.
“In this exhibition we are going to be showing visitors exactly what the Mercedes-Benz safety experts are currently working and experimenting on, and we shall be using the S-Class (S 400 HYBRID) to illustrate what they are doing”, explains Michael Bock, Manager of Mercedes-Benz Museum GmbH. “Once again the Museum is set to become a showcase for innovations, and those who visit us will be among the first to find out precisely what the future might hold in store – from the spotlight function or an auxiliary brake in the vehicle floor to inflatable metal structures in the doors.”
We tend to take safety features such as airbags, ABS and belt tensioners for granted nowadays, but just a few decades ago systems like these were actually unimaginable. Three safety vehicles from the past are being used in the exhibition to recount the history of safety technologies at Mercedes-Benz and developments that have taken place since the 1970s. A research area invites visitors to take an active role in discovering and experiencing the highlights, and there will be an expert on hand to explain the Mercedes-Benz safety philosophy and innovations.
This special exhibition is open daily, except Mondays, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The presentation is situated in the “Fascination of technology” section on the lowest level of the Mercedes-Benz Museum, and there is no entrance fee. There is more to discover on the milestones in vehicle safety in the permanent exhibition in the “History of mobility” section.
The show is just one of the highlights forming part of the “Museum Summer”, and up to 6 September 2009 the museum will also be attracting visitors with a whole series of exciting exhibitions, events and specials, where members of the public will be able to unwind in a relaxed atmosphere and take in a film at the open-air cinema. And as an added bonus, the museum will be extending its opening hours to 9 p.m. on Thursdays. Find out more at www.mercedes-benz.com/classic.