The Research Vehicles of Mercedes-Benz
From idea to finished research car
Daimler research cars are fully operational because they are supposed to make new technology experienceable, drivable, and assessable. They then fulfill their purpose, which is to provide insights into the automobile of tomorrow. Each of these special cars follows the concept of holism.
F 500 Mind research vehicle
It is not single components which are being tested; rather the entire vehicle springs from an original idea. That this calls some conventions into question, that unusual solutions may cause astonishment or enthusiasm, is all part of the visionary brainwork for the automobile of the future.
As a result, the sometimes very unusual concepts stimulate a public debate about the future of mobility, which, in turn, gives market researchers important pointers as to what customers want and need.
Since vehicles must meet customers’ demands, research must be oriented to the future. Designers, engineers and marketing experts jointly draw up the technical specifications for a new research car.
Each car is a reflection of a clear strategy – sometimes it stresses the technological competence of the company, sometimes ergonomics, sometimes driving safety.
Entirely new and unusual ideas need to be spawned. Original concepts are constantly reviewed for feasibility, which is where information technology and simulation tools come into their own. If the idea works on the screen, approval for made-to-measure manufacture is given.
Practically every part of a research car is built to order, which is a costly procedure: electronic systems are drafted, the interior compartment is redesigned and set up, the bodywork is formed.
It is not simply a question of setting up a technical product. Every vehicle feature reflects great attention to detail and the quest for the highest quality of workmanship. It takes some two years before a research car is ready to drive.
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