The First Crash Tests
In 1959, the Mercedes-Benz plant in Sindelfingen once again provided the stage for a world premiere when, on September 10, the engineers started conducting systematic crash tests there.
Crash test with a truck: Daimler has also led the way in this field for many decades
These tests have been performed continuously ever since. Whole-vehicle crash tests were pioneering feats back then. In the early years, the developers used cables and steam rockets to accelerate the test cars. For the rollover test,
the technicians designed a “corkscrew ramp.” And store window mannequins were used until finally, in 1968, the first test dummies took their seats in the cars.
Crash tests still form the basis of safety development at Daimle to this day
A vast array of crash tests involving passenger cars is conducted every year at the Mercedes-Benz Technology Center in Sindelfingen. The program includes crash tests which are specified for the worldwide approval of new cars or are performed in order to achieve the prescribed ratings. But for Daimler, safety is about more than just legal requirements and ratings.
The company puts its passenger cars, sold all over the world, through even tougher tests: nine additional, extremely demanding in-house crash tests which are based on real-life accidents. Today these cars have to pass around 40 different crash tests before they can be awarded the famous Mercedes star.
When it comes to safety developments for commercial vehicles, too, the company has been performing pioneering work for many years. In 1992, Daimler conducted the first crash test for a truck during development of the new Actros series. The Actros was the first truck series whose design and series production development were shaped by the results of crash tests. Since then, all trucks produced by Daimler take part in several crash tests, even though these are still not a legal requirement.