Mercedes-Benz (Mercedes) has a history of making of automotive pioneering history. The first car bears the number DRP 37435, the reference under which the patent for the “gas-powered vehicle” filed by Carl Benz on January 29, 1886. Carl Benz’s ability to be an early adopter of ideas lives on today. His entrepreneurial vision with innovation and creativity has set the stage for years to come. Since the first car, Mercedes-Benz has set the pace for all motorized vehicles.

The Mercedes innovations and achievements continue 130 years later with over 100,000 patents. Much of this is embedded in the culture of the company with Carl Benz’s quote, “The love of inventing never dies.”


The Mercedes-Benz Timeline of Break-Through Safety Innovations

1886 The First Motor Vehicles
The self-propelled “Motorwagen” with a rear-mounted single-cylinder engine.

1931 4-Wheel Independent Suspension
The Mercedes 170 features the first-ever fully independent suspension, which allows each wheel to respond individually.

1967 Safety Steering
All Mercedes models are equipped with a new safety steering system as standard. The safety steering system reduces the risk of injury upon impact with the steering wheel.

1978 Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS)
ABS helps the driver retain steering control under heavy braking by preventing wheel lockup.

1999 Active Body Control
This is the Mercedes brand name used to describe hydraulic fully active suspension. It allows control of the vehicle body motions virtually eliminating body roll in many driving situations.

2002 Pre-Safe
A groundbreaking system to help passengers prepare for an accident before it happens. PRE-SAFE can detect that certain types of collision might be imminent. In the precious moments before impact, it can snug the front seat belts and adjust the front head restraints to help optimize the effectiveness of the restraint systems.

2010 Attention Assist
Attention Assist measures over 70 data points in the first few minutes of a drive. This helps the detect signs of driver drowsiness and audibly alert the driver to take a break.

Mercedes-Benz Historical Photo

The Pioneering Future Will Continue At Mercedes-Benz

The Mercedes-Benz Safety, Design, Performance, and vehicle Environment systems will continue to show “the love of inventing” from Carl Benz.

Sources & Disclosures

Featured Image Photo at Unsplash, Photographer, JG Photography,

Historical Mercedes-Benz photo at Unsplash, Photographer, Clem Onojeghuo

YouTube Video, Mercedes-Benz USA,

Birth of the automobile 130 years ago, by Mercedes-Benz.

Leading Through Innovation, by Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz Public Archive

Active Body Control at Wikipedia