10 facts about parking. From parking meter to comfort closing function.

Did you know that…

…a garage door opener is optionally available for many Mercedes-Benz model series?
The garage door opener integrated into the rear-view mirror makes it possible to operate the garage door and other receiver units directly from the vehicle. The three control buttons on the underside of the rear-view mirror can be freely assigned, and used to open other doors after appropriate pairing.

…the inhabitants of Frankfurt spend longest searching for roadside parking spaces in an inter-city comparison, with an average of ten minutes?
The figure for Dortmund, Essen and Stuttgart is eight minutes, with an average of nine minutes in Berlin, Cologne, Düsseldorf, Hamburg and Munich according to statistics from the online portals Statista for 2017. The time taken for off-street parking, i.e. off the road e.g. in multi-storey car parks, can be up to three minutes less.

…car drivers in Berlin pay parking penalties averaging 13 euros per year?
The figure for Frankfurt is 14 euros. This too is a statistic provided by the online portal Statista for 2017.

…the auxiliary heater available for many Mercedes-Benz model series can also be operated by smartphone?
Especially if no garage is available, a pleasant temperature can be set remotely before commencing a journey. All year long, as this optional feature also includes auxiliary ventilation for the summer.

…probably the world's first parking meter was nicknamed "Black Maria"?
Carlton Cole Magee, Chairman of the Traffic Committee in Oklahoma City (USA), is credited with its invention. In summer 1935 he developed a mechanical clock which counted down the remaining time after a coin was inserted, and attached it to a pillar. On 16 July 1935 the first parking meters went into operation in Oklahoma City – protected by US patent number 2.118.318. Magee called his first version "Black Maria".

…the latest generation of Blind Spot Assist in the new A-Class has an exit warning function?
When the car is stationary and the driver wishes to exit, this can give a visual warning in the exterior mirror that e.g. a cyclist is passing in the critical area. If the driver uses the door handle at this moment, an additional acoustic warning sounds. The object driving past must be moving at more than 2 m/s. The function is also available when the vehicle is stationary and up to three minutes after the ignition has been switched off. Other helpful assistance functions when manoeuvring or moving off are Rear Traffic Alert and Drive Away Assist. If Blind Spot Assist detects crossing traffic behind the vehicle, Rear Cross Traffic Alert is capable of giving a warning or automatically initiating braking action and providing the driver with an audible warning. Drive Away Assist lowers the risk of a collision when moving off in front of a large obstacle.

…the first multi-storey car parks in Germany were constructed in Essen (1924), Mannheim (1925) and Stuttgart (1926)?
They were modelled on a seven-storey car park constructed at London's Piccadilly Circus in 1901. The world record holder in the 1930s was a parking tower in Boston (USA) with space for 2500 cars on 22 storeys. Germany's largest multi-storey car park, P1 at Frankfurt airport, has 12,400 parking spaces.

…looking for a suitable parking space now accounts for practically one third of inner-city traffic?
This is according to Detlef Wilmer, General Manager of car park operator APCOA PARKING Deutschland GmbH, in a press release. This would correspond to CO2 emissions of 1.3 kilograms per "search".

…many Mercedes-Benz cars equipped with a remotely controllable central locking system have a comfort closing function?
This allows open side windows and an open sliding sunroof to be automatically closed when locking the vehicle, by simply pressing and holding the button on the remote control. This also works just as easily in reverse, to open the windows and sunroof when unlocking the vehicle.

…around 40 percent of all car accidents involving physical damage occur during parking and manoeuvring?
In eight out of ten cases the accident occurs when leaving a parking space or manoeuvring (84 percent), and only in relatively few cases when parking (16 percent). These are results from a (2017) research project by the Allianz Technology Centre (AZT) and the automotive supplier Continental. The University of Munich and the Technical University of Munich supported this wide-ranging project in which just under 3500 traffic accidents were analysed.

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