Mercedes-Benz Experimental Safety Vehicle ESF 2019 was unveiled at the 2nd edition of the Safe Roads Summit India 2019. Nitin Gadkari, Minister for Road Transport & Highways of India, Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Government of India, was present at the event and had the car unveiled. The SAFE ROADS India Summit is part of the nationwide ‘SAFE ROADS’ initiative launched in 2015 by Daimler entities operating in India - Mercedes-Benz Research and Development India (MBRDI), Mercedes-Benz India (MBIL), and Daimler India Commercial Vehicles (DICV).
The Experimental Safety Vehicle ESF 2019 is a path-breaking concept of safety. The research vehicle is packed full of surprising and innovative tech and features, which include colored lights, projective panels, and a warning triangle robot. The car represents how much safer the future of mobility can be.
Mercedes-Benz engineers have gone way beyond that with the ESF 2019, exploring new technology to protect passengers and others even more. The ESF 2019 is designed to be intuitive in order to provide a safety benefit not only to its passengers but also to the surroundings.
Manu Saale, Managing Director & CEO, MBRDI said, “At Mercedes-Benz, safety is an integral part of our brand promise and with SAFE ROADS, our attempt is to promote and make roads safer for every user. Given the understanding of road safety scenario in India, we laid the foundation by launching the SAFE ROADS nationwide initiative four years ago. Our journey in promoting road safety across the country, first, through roadshows in eight cities and now with the SAFE ROADS India Summit, has been very fulfilling. This biennial Summit is a significant step to make our initiative touch a larger audience through a sustainable and more effective manner. It’s a conglomeration of automotive safety experts from India and across the globe, sharing and exchanging insights and latest developments in the field of safety through live exhibits and expert speaks.”
Child safety is another important field of research. Already in the previous edition of SAFE ROADS India Summit 2017, the focus was on ‘Child safety and vulnerable roads users in India’ – which made an impact across the country.
Jochen Feese, Head of Accident Research, Safety Concepts, and Child Safety at Mercedes-Benz AG said, “Safety is our core brand value and is a part of the DNA for Mercedes-Benz. That is precisely one of the reasons for building the ESF 2019. We have done so to show the ideas and concepts on which our safety experts are currently working in research and development. One highlight is the cooperative behavior and communication with the environment: the ESF takes care of all road users surrounding it.”
The ESF 2019 breaks new ground in projecting the automobile of the future.