Mercedes-Benz Brake Assist System Turns 25

Mercedes-Benz Brake Assist System Turns 25

A great feat in automobile safety features turned 25 this month – the brake assistant system (BAS). This Mercedes-Benz technology has only been around for two decades but has saved countless lives in emergency braking situations.

During 1990s test simulations, Mercedes-Benz engineers discovered drivers did not step on the brake pedal forcefully enough for safe emergency braking. Fortunately, they persisted and created a piece of equipment that could mitigate or even prevent rear-end collisions.

Serving as a key innovation in Mercedes-Benz’s long tradition of safety developments, the BAS was first introduced in 1996 in the S-Class (model series 140) and SL (R 129) and has continued to evolve throughout the years. Now referred to as Active Brake Assist, the technology is an essential part of road safety, thanks to Mercedes-Benz.

Read more about this innovation here.

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