Based on the data, the computer decides, for example, how sharply the wheels should be turned when cornering, or what engine speed is appropriate for driving on a wet road. The system is interlinked with the active suspension Active Body Control, (ABC). Even in critical traffic situations, the electronics keep the car safely on course by intervening at lightning speed to regulate steering, braking, engine or transmission management and chassis control.
The driver can fully utilise the technical capabilities of the car without transgressing physical limits – a genuine advantage for safety. The electronically controlled rear spoiler system of the F 200 Imagination also enhances safety, setting itself upright in a flash and creating drag for better deceleration when an emergency braking situation is detected.
The F 200 Imagination research car presents further innovative technology. The headlights, for instance, feature variable light distribution. Six individual reflectors in each module, each with a separate bulb, are switched on and off depending on the situation and speed. This ensures optimum light without dazzling oncoming traffic. In bends, the light follows the wheel angle set by the driver, thus enhancing safety when driving at night. At high speeds on motorways, an additional spot reflector is switched on to improve the illumination of the roadway far ahead. The rear end sports a very compact light unit, incorporating nine separate functions: turn signal, rear light, rear fog lamp, brake light, reversing light, rear reflector, side reflector, side-marker light and ambient light. The unobtrusive indicator panel – a slender, arched neon tube –is distinguished by high luminous power and a long life.