Innovation and safety
New mobility is taking shape and is becoming a reality
The automotive industry is undergoing a profound transformation. As the inventor of the automobile and a provider of personal mobility solutions ranging from smart vehicles to the broad range of Mercedes-Benz cars and Mercedes-Benz vans, we seek to shape and lead this extensive transformation. Technical challenges still exist with regard to linking the four key fields that are decisive for the future of mobility — connectivity (Connected), automated and autonomous driving (Autonomous), flexible use and services (Shared & Services) and electric drive systems (Electric). In the meantime, our electric mobility offensive in the field of cars is being consolidated under our EQ technology and product brand, which represents an important component on the road to emission-free driving and an effective instrument for achieving ever more ambitious global CO2 reduction targets.
Connected: MBUX and Mercedes me
The Mercedes-Benz User Experience, MBUX, was expanded i
MrJWW presents the A-Class 2018 (Part 2): MBUX & Connectivity
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EQ models equipped with Mercedes me offer important functions for electric mobility today and in the future, including navigation, the display of the remaining vehicle range, and an auxiliary climate control system. The features can be programmed directly via MBUX or the Mercedes me app. The EQ-specific content in MBUX includes the display of the state of charge and the energy flow. Drive programs, charging current and departure time can also be controlled and set via MBUX.
The ENERGIZING comfort control unit connects the various comfort systems in the vehicle. A new feature that is now available offers intelligent recommendations via the ENERGIZING COACH system. This service uses an intelligent algorithm to recommend one of the ENERGIZING comfort control programs suited to the given situation. The aim here is for the occupants to feel comfortable and relaxed even during demanding or monotonous journeys.
Mercedes-Benz B-Class (2019): ENERGIZING Packages | Features
The Bertha tank app allows drivers to quickly and easily locate the nearest or cheapest service station, or the one best suited to their needs in the immediate area or at a desired location. Drivers can also use the app’s integrated payment function to pay for fuel directly at the vehicle.
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New forms of automated driving
We have teamed up with the BMW Group in order to reach a milestone on the road to automated driving. We plan to work together with BMW to develop the next generation of technologies for driving assistance systems, automated driving on highways and automated parking systems. The partnership is open to other vehicle manufacturers and technology partners. In addition, the results of the partnership will be offered to other OEMs for licensing purposes.
We are also working with Bosch on the development of an automated driving system operating at SAE Level 4/5 and designed especially for urban traffic. In Decembe
Shared & Services: a joint venture with the BMW Group
Electric mobility offensive - new products and highlights at IAA 2019
Mercedes-Benz is forging ahead with the electrification of its vehicles. We plan to electrify the entire Mercedes-Benz Cars portfolio as soon a
Mercedes-Benz Cars at IAA 2019 | Highlights
We have also set other goals within the framework of our “Ambitio
Ambition 2039: Our path to sustainable mobility
The Mercedes-Benz VISION EQS had its world premiere at the press conference for th
The VISION EQS Presented by Daimler Chief Design Officer Gorden Wagener
Plug-in hybrids offer customers the best of two worlds: they can be driven in the all-electric mode in cities, while on long journeys they benefit from the combustion engine’s range. Plug-in hybrid technology makes vehicles more efficient overall - it allows for braking-energy recovery on the one hand and the use of the combustion engine at more favorable operating points on the other.
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With the A 250 e (fuel consumption combined: 1.6 - 1.4 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 36 - 32 g/km; power consumption combined: 15.3 - 14.6 kWh/100 km)1, the A 250 e sedan (fuel consumption combined: 1.5 - 1.3 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 35 - 31 g/km; power consumption combined: 15.2 - 14.5 kWh/100 km)1 and the B 250 e (fuel consumption combined: 1.6 - 1.4 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 36-32 g/km; power consumption combined: 15.4 - 14.7 kWh/100 km)1, three compact-family models equipped with the third-generation hybrid system were unveiled for the first time.
The electric mobility offensive is also being systematically implemented in the SUV segment. The new GLE 350 de 4MATIC (fuel consumption combined: 1.3 - 1.1 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 34 - 29 g/km; power consumption combined: 28.7 - 25.4 kWh/100 km)1 has a battery with a capacity of 31.2 kWh, which gives it an all-electric range of more than 100 kilometers, assuming an appropriate driving style.
The GLC also enters its new model year with an even more striking design, the MBUX infotainment system and the latest driving assistance systems. As an all-wheel drive SUV, the GLC 300 e 4MATIC (fuel consumption combined: 2.5 - 2.2 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 58 - 51 g/km; power consumption combined: 18.3 - 16.5 kWh/100 km)1 is also an ideal towing vehicle.
Solutions for the electric charging infrastructure
Our electric mobility offensive also includes the latest solutions for the electric charging infrastructure. Studies estimate that about 70 to 8
Modern combustion engines remain indispensable
Combustion engines should continue to form the backbone of global personal mobility for many years to come. This makes it all the more important to further improve the efficiency and environmental compatibility of combustion engines. As planned, we continued and expanded our engine offensive at Mercedes-Benz in the year under review. Our new highly efficient four and six-cylinder engines are already available in diesel or gasoline versions in numerous models. We are convinced that diesel will continue to be a firm element of the drive-system mix in the future, not least due to the low CO2 emissions of diesel engines.
Significantly reduced NOx emissions are a characteristic feature of vehicles that are certified in accordance with the Euro 6d-TEMP standard. All Mercedes-Benz passenger cars that can be ordered as new vehicles now comply with this standard.
2019: a year of safety anniversaries
Vehicle safety is one of our core areas of expertise and a key component of our product strategy. Our vision of accident-free driving will continue to motivate us to make mobility as safe as possible for everyone in the future. This year we once again presented an Experimental Safety Vehicle: the ESF 2019. This new ESF offers an insight into the ideas that our safety-research experts are currently working on. The vehicle features more than a dozen innovations including both near-series developments and developments that look well into the future. Examples here include the PRE-SAFE® child seat concept and a new holistic safety concept for the automated drive program. The ESF also features a new type of driver airbag and a unique steering-wheel and pedal system.
Child’s Play: Safety Features in the Mercedes-Benz ESF | Part 3
STARTUP AUTOBAHN begins its seventh program round
Launched in Stuttgart, successful worldwide: STARTUP AUTOBAHN was launched on the initiative of
STARTUP AUTOBAHN | #venturewednesday
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Daimler Trucks & Buses: moving the world - sustainably
Transport is the backbone of our economy and our modern way of life. Without trucks and buses, factories could not manufacture anything, supermarkets couldn’t sell anything and people’s mobility would be severely restricted. In other words, the world would come to a standstill. Our customers move the world - and our goal at Daimler Trucks & Buses is to offer our customers the products and services that increase their business success. In the future, we will focus in particular on the CO2-neutral transport of goods and people in driving operation (tank to wheel) and on accident-free driving. Both of these fields are part of the sustainable corporate strategy pursued at Daimler Trucks & Buses, which is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of commercial vehicles. Within the framework of this strategy, the company is developing vehicles and services that move our society forward efficiently and electrically, automatically, in a reliable network of connected vehicles and infrastructure.
Daimler Trucks: efficient and electric
Daimler Trucks & Buses aims to offer only new vehicles that are CO2-neutral in driving operation (“tank-to-wheel”) in the major markets of Europe, Japan and the NAFTA region b
All-electric FUSO eCanter distribution trucks have now been driven for more than one million kilometers in locally emission-free urban distribution haulage. This figure is rather remarkable given the fact that a FUSO eCanter generally only clocks up around 30 to 80 kilometers each day in local distribution operations. Around 150 vehicles are now being operated by customers in New York, Tokyo, Berlin, London, Amsterdam, Paris and Lisbon. In Marc
The Mercedes-Benz eActros all-electric truck has been proving its worth for customers under tough real operating conditions since autum
Daimler Trucks is also further expanding its field tests for medium and heavy-duty electric trucks in the United States. The Freightliner eCascadia and eM2 are scheduled to be launched on the market i
By the second half of this decade, Daimler Trucks & Buses plans to extend its range of models to include hydrogen-powered production vehicles. With this in mind, Daimler Trucks presented the Vision F-Cell fuel-cell prototype from FUSO at the Tokyo Motor Show in Japan at the end of Octobe
Automated Daimler Trucks: aiming for more safety
The vision of accident-free driving has been guiding the activities at Daimler Trucks & Buses for decades now. State-of-the-art active safety systems hold the key to transforming the vision into a reality, and the company has already done a great deal of pioneering work in this regard. For example, numerous safety systems that are now the industry standard were first introduced in Mercedes-Benz trucks. Close cooperation within the Group means that these new technologies quickly make their way into other brands from Daimler Trucks.
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Daimler Trucks: Insight into automation
In addition to developing active safety systems, Mercedes-Benz Trucks is now introducing such systems even more systematically on a broad basis. For example, starting in Januar
Mercedes-Benz new Actros: Active Brake Assist 5
Developing and testing highly automated trucks (SAE Level 4)
In the transportation industry, SAE Level 4 is the next logical step after Level 2 to increase efficiency and productivity for customers and significantly reduce costs per kilometer. Daimler Trucks is thus skipping the intermediate step of conditional automation (SAE Level 3). Level 3 does not offer truck customers any significant advantage over the current situation, as the higher costs of the technologies required for it are not matched by corresponding benefits in practice.
In order to accelerate this development, in Marc
Daimler Trucks: reliable and connected
Reliability is a core brand value at Daimler Trucks. As the world’s largest manufacturer of trucks above 6 metric tons gross vehicle weight, Daimler Trucks continuously works to reduce unnecessary vehicle downtimes and thus continuously increase vehicle availability for customers. This is important because downtimes impair customers’ business success. In today’s digital age, innovative connectivity solutions and software services have become a part of the core business of Daimler Trucks as never before. Along with the management of its current portfolio of services, Fleetboard is also now working systematically on the development of new digital solutions for its customers. In the first quarter o
Data-based and networked services also form the foundation of the latest initiative from Daimler Trucks that is designed to take service and the customer experience to a new level in North America. Since Jun
Mercedes-Benz Vans: vans with electric drive
Mercedes-Benz Vans is systematically forging ahead with the electrification of its product portfolio with locally emission-free electric drive systems that help ensure more sustainable mobility for people and goods in cities. The first step in this direction was made with the eVito panel van, which was followed by the eVito Tourer (electricity consumption in combined test cycle: 24.2 – 20.2 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km)2. Production of the eSprinter was launched in Düsseldorf at the end o
Well connected: making transport safer and more efficient
Along with personal mobility, the transport of goods also plays a key role in urban traffic. Mercedes-Benz Vans offers digital solutions in this area with Mercedes PRO connect. The service from Mercedes PRO includes providing the responsible fleet customers with data that they can use to analyze the driving style of their drivers and its effect on fuel consumption or vehicle wear and tear, for example. Drivers can then receive training in line with the results of these analyses. Such training courses can help reduce fuel consumption and the risk of accidents. Mercedes PRO connect is currently available in 19 European countries and in the United States. The web-based service benefits fleet operators ranging from small businesses to major clients.
Mercedes PRO connect explained
The eDrive@VANs strategy involves not only the electrification of the vehicle fleet but also a customized overall system solution for each individual fleet. This includes advice on vehicle selection, assistance with tools such as the eVAN Ready app, and an overview of the total cost of ownership. Equally decisive for potential electric van users is the analysis of the organizational and technical circumstances at commercial customer sites. Finally, the integration of an intelligent charging infrastructure lays the foundation for conserving resources with a commercial fleet while remaining economically competitive.
eDrive@VANs: eVito and eSprinter fit for urban life | 60 Seconds
digital@Vans bundles innovative solutions in the field of digitalization. Under the web-based brand Mercedes PRO, Mercedes-Benz Vans combines all digital services and solutions for the daily requirements of its customers, from small businesses to major clients. For example, Mercedes PRO optimizes communication between fleet managers, vehicles and drivers. In addition, it enables the online control of jobs and the retrieval of vehicle information such as location, fuel level or maintenance intervals almost in real time. Mercedes-Benz Vans also develops tailored digital solutions for various sectors, while its VAN2SHARE and In-Van Delivery & Return services allow customers and the company itself to employ entirely new business and service models.
Mercedes-Benz Vans is presenting Vision URBANETIC under autonomous@Vans as a supplement to its electrification solutions. This is an innovative mobility concept showing how autonomous mobility might work in the future. Vision URBANETIC removes the separation between passenger and goods transport by utilizing an innovative body-switching approach that enables the needs-based, sustainable and efficient movement of people and goods. In this manner, Vision URBANETIC meets the requirements of cities, companies from diverse sectors, urban residents and travelers in an innovative way. The concept reduces traffic flows, eases the strain on inner-city infrastructure and helps to improve the quality of life in cities.
Mercedes-Benz Vision URBANETIC: Mobility of the Future
Efficient passenger transport
Buses from the Mercedes-Benz and Setra brands are an indispensable part of local public transport and play a key role worldwide in reducing the impact of traffic, pollution and nitrogen oxide pollution close to our roads. Our aim is to enable more efficient mobility in cities and help reduce the negative impact caused by traffic in urban areas in particular. At the same time, we are focusing on keeping the total cost of ownership (TCO) low and reducing emissions even further. As a result, Daimler Buses offers a complete range of highly economical and innovative vehicles, all tailored to customer requirements and specific intended applications. We do this because our goal is to provide customers with the right solution for every type of public transport system - in small towns and large metropolitan areas, and on smooth or rough terrain.
On the move with environmentally friendly public transport
We continue to work hard on the electrification of our vehicles, focusing particularly on vehicles that operate in cities. With the all-electric Mercedes-Benz eCitaro, Daimler Buses has been offering a locally emission-free city bus sinc
We also continue to develop our environmentally friendly technologies and expand their use. Beginning i
The eCitaro is part of Daimler Buses’ overall eMobility system. In order to support our customers during their transition to electric bus fleets, we offer advice on different use scenarios, taking into account bus route lengths, passenger numbers, energy requirements, range calculations, charging management and other aspects. We also offer an Eco Training program for bus customers and drivers that promotes an environmentally friendly driving style.
Weltpremiere des neuen vollelektrischen Mercedes-Benz Citaro I 60 Sekunden
Safety at Daimler Buses: the vision of accident-free driving
As a bus pioneer, Daimler Buses has traditionally focused on the safety of city and intercity buses and touring coaches. We want to significantly increase safety in road traffic by means of state-of-the-art driver assistance systems and vehicle-based protection systems, with the ultimate objective of enabling accident-free driving. Our pursuit of this goal will also help the European Union achieve its target of reducing traffic fatalities to nearly zero b
At Daimler Buses, safety does not consist of individual measures. Instead, it is the result of a comprehensive integral safety concept. Its central component comprises a large number of innovative safety features that are employed in line with the vehicle in question and the way it is to be used. The general objective here is to continually improve active and passive safety. This is supported by additional measures such as driver training programs that teach drivers how to identify and avoid hazards in a timely way and react correctly in the event of an accident. The concept also involves informing passengers on how to use the onboard safety equipment - starting with putting on their seat belts. It goes far beyond that, however, and also includes responsible vehicle maintenance and the use of certified original replacement parts when the vehicle is serviced. The objective of the integral safety concept is to make the vision of accident-free driving a reality.
The continuous further development of our safety and assistance systems demonstrates our commitment to moving closer and closer to this vision. For example, i
Mercedes-Benz Technology and Innovation | The Citaro hybrid. [EN]
1 The stated figures are the measured “NEDC CO2 figures” within the meaning of Art. 2 No. 1 Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/1153. The fuel consumption figures were calculated on the basis of these figures. The range and the electrical consumption were determined on the basis of Commission Regulation (EC) No. 692/2008. A different value is applied in accordance with the German Electric Mobility Act (EmoG). A higher figure may apply as the basis for calculating the motor vehicle tax. Further information on official fuel consumption figures and the official specific CO2 emissions can be found in the guide “Information on the fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and electric power consumption of newcars,” which is available free of charge at all sales dealerships and from Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH at www.dat.de.
2 Energy consumption was determined on the basis of Directive 692/2008/EC. Energy consumption is dependent on the vehicle configuration, and in particular on the selected maximum speed restriction.
3 Figures for electrical consumption and range are provisional and were determined by the technical service for the certification according to UN/ECE-regulation 101. EC type approval and conformity certification with official figures are not yet available. There may be differences between the stated figures and the official figures.