AutomotiveINNOVATIONS Award 2017: Mercedes-Benz Takes First Place Twice!
Mercedes-Benz prevailed at the AutomotiveINNOVATIONS Awards 2017, taking home two 1st place prizes.
Innovation: New developments which offer tangible additional customer benefits
The E-Class triumphed over 184 other series vehicles as the most innovative model. It gained 81 index points, putting it very much ahead of the runner-up vehicle with 25 points. The award is essentially based on the substantial number of innovations. Some of these include best aerodynamics in the sector, the first Car-to-X danger warning, the first congestion emergency braking function, & PRESAFE® sound that can prepare the hearing to an imminent accident as well as the most economical Diesel-powered car.
Mercedes-Benz also took home 1st place in “Autonomous Driving & Safety” earning a total of 69 index points for 22 innovations. Some of the innovations that earned relatively high ratings were the Car-to-X Communication, Active Braking Assist with Congestion Emergency Braking function, DRIVE PILOT which allows partial automated driving, Active Lane Changing Assist, Remote Park Pilot and the development of the Mercedes-Benz GLC F-CELL as plug-in fuel cell vehicle in the E-Class.
Decisions for the AutomotiveINNOVATIONS were based on a study drawing on the innovation database of the Center of Automotive Management (CAM.) For the last nine years, the automotive innovations of 18 global automobile groups comprising 52 brands have been systematically surveyed and assessed according to quantitative and qualitative criteria. The innovations must be readily available or presented in developed prototypes.