IT WILL MOVE YOU AWAY FROM DANGER

THIS addition to the Pre-Safe suite of safety technologies is brilliantly simple. When the car senses a severe side impact is inevitable, it rapidly infl ates the outboard side bolster of the seat about to be hit.

The occupant is subsequently shoved away from danger toward the centre of the car, creating extra space for the side airbag to do its job. Mercedes used a test rig in Stuttgart to demonstrate the system on us, and ‘shove’ is the word to describe what an ‘Impulse Side Deployment’ feels like.