Mercedes-Benz is known for introducing technological and safety innovations that become the benchmark in automotive globally. These include ABS braking, airbags, crumple zones, electronic stability systems, and more – all of which are licensed openly to other manufacturers in the name of safety improvement worldwide. Mercedes is also credited with building the first robotic car in 1980. Today, the company builds vehicles around the world, including at their facility near Tuscaloosa, Alabama (Mercedes-Benz U.S. International), which opened in 1997 and produces the M-, R-, GL- and C-Class vehicles.
In the last several years of surveys, J.D. Power has consistently rated Mercedes vehicles above average. The company produces vehicles for the U.S. market that range from compact cars to large sport utilities and limousines. They are most well-known in America for their two- and four-door luxury executive cars, sport utility vehicles, and AMG-branded sports cars.
The company's focus on safety continues as they develop groundbreaking automotive safety systems such as Pre-Safe, a system which uses the vehicle's sensors to anticipate an accident and prime safety response systems before impact. It snugs seatbelts for locking, adjusts head restraints, closing windows and more. Other innovations include the DICE System for finger gesturing to control infotainment and other in-car features without taking eyes off the road or hands off the wheel.