Mercedes-Benz and innovation have gone hand in hand since its earliest days. Embracing new technology at every opportunity, the company has led the way in automotive design. From its earliest engines to an ever-evolving range of cutting edge vehicles, Mercedes-Benz is synonymous with innovation.
Below are examples of innovations pioneered by Mercedes-Benz and implemented in their vans.
2000 Driver Airbag
Driver airbags were standard on Mercedes-Benz vans in 2000.
2006 Adaptive ESP®
This system takes into account the load; stabilising the vehicle as needed by applying braking pressure to each wheel and regulating engine output.
2013 Euro VI
The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter became the world’s first van to meet the future Euro VI emissions standard when it launched.
2013 Crosswind Assist
This system supports the driver in strong, gusty side winds, through automatic brake interventions to help the vehicle stay in lane.
2014 Rescue Assist Stickers
Mercedes-Benz was first to equip Rescue Assist QR codes. Scanning it opens a rescue card, showing locations of vital components enabling fast, safe rescue.
In scenarios that could lead to an accident, this system protects occupants by tensioning seat belts, closing windows and moving the front passenger seat.
2014 Attention Assist
Over 70 variables are measured in this system. If it detects drowsiness, the driver is warned acoustically and on the instrument cluster to take a break.
2014 Active Parking Assist
A first for vans, this system detects suitable parallel and end-on parking spaces at speeds of up to 19 mph and performs the necessary steering manoeuvres.