That wonderful laboratory-on-wheels Mercedes-Benz: 25 years of the F 100

Look at it well. Still being cautious, and believing in the mantra of “for taste, colors”, this Mercedes-Benz is horrible. It is something like a mix between a minivan and a hearse worthy of a movie of fiction is dystopian. Luckily, and unlike any other Mercedes-Benz that you see at dealers, its mission was not to fall in love with their customers, but the glimpse of ideas and technologies to protect your life. And you will not be the slightest doubt that this Mercedes-Benz F 100 fulfilled his mission, with honors. 25 years ago, a quarter century ago, was born the Mercedes-Benz F 100, the first of a series of prototypes, laboratory-on-wheels, which would receive an F in its name.

In any case, Mercedes-Benz already had a lot of experience in what we call as labs on wheels, especially since that saga of “hunting-records” known as the C 111. A laboratory on wheels is not only a prototype, which in most cases are used for display at motor shows and, in some cases, the least for any test among the journalists. A laboratory on wheels is a vehicle fully functional, which uses technology solutions real intended for experimentation, so that one day they may end up in final products.


The “F” of Mercedes-Benz most recent was presented almost a year ago now, the Mercedes F 015 Luxury in Motion, with the primary objective to explore the possibilities of the autonomous car, especially in what concerns the design of dwellings, more daring, and, despite the redundancy, livable. But did you know that the Mercedes F 100 was, for a quarter of a century, to anticipate what it would be like the autonomous car?

mercedes-f-100-concept-02Mercedes-Benz did accounts, and considering that the cars circulated in those years with an average occupancy of between 1.2 and 1.7 passengers, they decided to install the driver in the most comfortable position and secure, the central. This would allow for a to work in one of the most important facets of this prototype, the improvement of the security, and the protection against collision. The design of the cabin, very spacious thanks to its design afurgonetado, already anticipating another of the trends that would occur in the next few years to the 1991 of his presentation, the rise of minivans, family and SUV.

The germans were to be used also to a design of door based on two large gates, one slightly pivoting the front, and another door correderá behind, regardless of the central pillar to create an access area is really spacious and comfortable. To increase your safety, and impact resistance, these doors would be provided with three anchoring points and support, in the roof, at the base of the vehicle, and at the union between the two doors.


This prototype also had voice commands, telephony, hands-free, a digital display central, parking camera, radar warning maintenance of the safety distance, warning of involuntary change lanes and vehicles in the dead angle, etc.

The Mercedes-Benz F 100 was capable, even, of circular staying in your lane, with a pilot semi-autonomous. To make matters worse, it had a lot of services on board, including a fax machine (similar to an email that existed at that time), services that would be fed thanks to the energy obtained from solar panels mounted on your roof.

it would Also be the first time that Mercedes-Benz would apply the technology of gas discharge lamps, which would later be know as the headlights of xenon.

Source: Mercedes-Benz
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