The new Mercedes-Benz B-Class commercial, available here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWNYKXBx-K4) states, "Stay as you are, airbag. We will need you in the future . . . just not as often"1. The German luxury automaker has been producing technologies which will make airbags much less important, like its new Collision Prevention Assist technology.
For the past few decades, airbags have been an extremely important part of a vehicle's safety, Mercedes-Benz, or not. The more airbags a vehicle has, the safer it is perceived to be. But, the luxury automaker is out to change that opinion. As new technologies grow and evolve, airbags are quickly becoming a safety feature that may only be used as a last resort (in vehicles that are equipped with these technologies). No longer are passive safety features at the forefront, preventative safety features should have an important place as well. Some of these new technologies include Blind Spot Assist, Night View Assist, Adaptive High Beam Assist (which automatically adjusts brightness and the angle of the headlights), Distronic Plus (to assure a safe following distance on highways, etc.), Attention Assist (to monitor driver sleepiness, lack of attention), and Lane-Keeping Assist (to alert the driver if he/she ventures outside the lines). All of these technologies pinpoint avoiding collisions altogether, instead of just protecting the driver once a collision occurs.
To learn more about the fantastic new Mercedes-Benz technologies, feel free to stop by and see them on our new Mercedes-Benz here at Schumacher European, located at 18530 N. Scottsdale Road Phoenix, AZ 85054.