Our engineers focus on the future every day, the aim being to implement innovative technology. Since inventing the car in 1886, we've simply never stopped reinventing it.This aspiration has resulted in developments that have had a lasting impact on automotive engineering. In other words, we are working to make sure that a Mercedes-Benz will always be ahead of its time. We have developed one groundbreaking solution after another to get closer to realizing our vision of safe and accident-free driving. Innovative technologies such as the PRE-SAFE anticipatory occupant protection system and DISTRONIC PLUS adaptive cruise control first made it onto the road in a Mercedes-Benz, setting new standards in vehicle safety. Because it was the first time active and passive systems had been combined – for even better protection and ride comfort. Mercedes-Benz Intelligent Drive takes things a stage further by intelligently combining sensors with safety and assistance systems. For us, it’s a logical progression as the traffic situation has changed. There are more vehicles on the road, the driver’s job is becoming more complex and the likelihood of distraction is increasing.