September 19, 2018 – Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel, Deputy Prime Minister of the federal state of Baden-Wuerttemberg Thomas Strobl and numerous guests from politics, business and administration gained an insight into the future of mobility at Mercedes-Benz during the opening ceremony in Immendingen. The company has invested more than €200 million in the Test and Technology Center in the municipality northwest of Lake Constance. Across an area of 520 hectares, a new Mercedes-Benz research location has been constructed since the groundbreaking act in spring 2015.
As we open the Immendingen Test and Technology Center of Mercedes-Benz today, we open a door to the future. Here, Mercedes-Benz bundles competences with the goal of developing and testing new technologies and vehicles in just one location. By building a state-of-the-art technology center, Immendingen has gained a completely new economic perspective and is thus an excellent example of a successful structural change.
CASE – further development of the four future areas
Openness and transparency
Driving maneuvers at the opening
- Using the example of a possible situation in road traffic, the engineers showed how the coordination of all components affects overall vehicle behavior. With an abrupt lane-change maneuver involving two vehicles at about 60 km/h, the effect on driving stability of careful overall vehicle tuning can be seen in an exemplary and vivid manner.
- As an example of the wide-ranging driver assistance functions of modern Mercedes-Benz vehicles, three situations were shown with a so-called GST (guided soft target), a remote-controlled platform with a plastic superstructure. This demonstrates the effect of Active Brake Assist with turn-off function.
- Also to be seen was intelligent sensor technology, by which a vehicle makes appropriate decisions for each situation to avoid collisions and unnecessary braking.
- With the emergency-lane function of the driver assistance system, Mercedes-Benz is taking a further step towards improving road-traffic safety in traffic jams and is setting an example in this respect. If a traffic jam is detected on a highway and the vehicle is driving at less than 60 km/h, it adjusts its movements to the surrounding vehicles like in a swarm, as well as to detected visual lane markings.