Mercedes has always been a leading innovator of safety gizmos that help pull your vehicular ass out of the frying pan when things go terribly, terribly wrong. Every once in a while, they show off what’s next in preventing your insides from becoming your outsides in an auto accident with a marketing-oriented test vehicle. They are parading the ESF (experimental Safety Vehicle – yeah, it’s German) 2009 around the world to show off their engineering talent right now.
One of the things you’ll see in the video below is a “braking bag.” This is the modern equivalent of Fred Flintstone ramming his heels into the ground to slow down his car or Speed Racer pushing one of those buttons on his steering wheel. An airbag forces a plate into the ground as a last ditch effort to prevent you from careening off the edge of the paved universe. Hope I never need one. The other stuff is pretty neat too.