Sprinter. Passenger-car safety and assistance systems

June 07, 2019 - Flexible, reliable and above all, safe: The new Sprinter, presented in 2018, embodies all these attributes to perfection. With the third generation of the iconic van, Mercedes-Benz Vans underscores its role as an innovation driver and pioneer in the introduction of modern safety technologies in the large van segment. That's why the new Sprinter is also equipped with a whole range of optional safety and assistance systems which, until now, were reserved exclusively for Mercedes-Benz passenger car model series.

Advanced safety and assistance systems play a particularly important role in the large van segment. Vehicles used for commercial purposes are often in daily use, cover great distances and, despite their comparatively large dimensions, must remain controllable even in difficult situations. In order to be optimally prepared for the various transport tasks and driving profiles, the safety and assistance systems in the new Sprinter have been technologically optimised. Evolution in comparison to the passenger car sector includes, for example, adaptation to vehicle dimensions, handling parameters and trip profiles in everyday fleet life.

The new Sprinter: intelligent, interactive and innovative

Since its market launch in 1995, the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter has given its name to an entire vehicle class thanks to its outstanding qualities. The third generation of the best-seller can be ordered since February 2018 and has been available in Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicle centres and Van ProCentres since June 2018. With safety features on the same level as passenger cars, the Mercedes PRO connect digital fleet solutions, the innovative MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) multimedia system, a fascinating design and more than 1700 different variants – available with rear-wheel, four-wheel drive or front-wheel drive – the new Sprinter defines the top spot of the large van segment.

In-house accident research makes vans even safer

The central importance awarded to safety in vehicle development and optimisation is evidenced by the commitment of Mercedes-Benz Vans to accident research. Since 2015, a team of specialists specially assembled for this purpose has been working on van accident research in order to deduce potentials for vehicle development that significantly raise the safety level in this vehicle segment. As the investigation routine includes the measurement of the accident vehicle and location, van accident research has a Mercedes-Benz Vito at its disposal as an operational vehicle which offers plenty of space for the required equipment.

Research focuses on selected accidents involving Mercedes-Benz vans. The analysis of real cases proves to be especially valuable because many more variables are taken into account than in the prescribed safety tests carried out before the vehicle approval. The accident researchers can, for example, determine whether the airbags were deployed as intended. In addition, there are important indications as to whether vehicle components still have optimisation potential. Apart from measuring accident vehicles and locations, the range of investigations also includes dialogue with the vehicle occupants, who describe their subjective impressions.

10 facts why the Sprinter stands for "Safety First"

The Sprinter belongs where goods or people are being transported. Commercial vehicles are often in daily use. They have high mileage and, despite their large dimensions, should remain controllable even in difficult situations. The new Sprinter relies entirely on safety and scores points with systems introduced from the passenger car sector:

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