The safest car ever?

The Mercedes-Benz ESF concept car has every imaginable safety feature, and some you never thought of.

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Safety first
Safety first
With auto safety in the front of everyone's minds these days, it's good to remember that today's cars overall are the safest that have ever plied America's roads. Five-star crash test ratings are now as common as power steering.

But cars could be even safer, and Mercedes-Benz has been thinking of ways to take safety technology even further.

The Mercedes-Benz ESF concept car, based on the S400 hybrid full-size luxury car, is a platform for the German automaker to display its most advanced ideas in safety. Click through to see innovations that could protect you in your car in the years to come.

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Last updated March 02 2010: 6:03 AM ET
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