Mercedes-Benz in information shared with newspaper top Gear On October 20, they said they were considering upgrading safety equipment for future self-driving cars. Currently, the German brand is one of the leading carmakers in the above segment when there are Level 3 self-driving cars like the EQS in the market.
Mercedes-Benz’s concern comes from the fact that most of the airbags currently available in cars become useless when the user gets into a self-driving car. The most important airbag in the steering wheel becomes completely redundant.
Instead, the company said it is considering integrating the airbags into the side pillars or seat belts.
Furthermore, existing active safety technologies in the market are not in optimal condition. Mercedes-Benz’s Pre-Safe system is an example of this. This system will automatically adjust several devices in the car such as seat belts or seats to ensure maximum safety for the user before a collision occurs.
The time when a fully self-driving car model will hit the market is probably more than a decade away. However, it is very appropriate for Mercedes-Benz to be researching safety equipment specifically for this type of vehicle right now.
This is because Mercedes-Benz will be able to take a leading role in self-driving car safety. In addition, the company will have time to improve the above equipment to set new standards in the market, thereby competing with Volvo for the title of the safest luxury car.