Did you know that Karl Benz was the first person to receive a driver’s license?

Mercedes-Benz’s video series, “Best of Benz,” is back with a new episode that’s going to raise a lot of curious eyebrows. The short 73-second episode dives into five unique factoids that you may not have known about the German automaker. Considering the fact that Mercedes has roots dating all the way back to 1900, there are some stories that have fallen through the cracks that make for great trivia-night questions these days. For example, did you know that Karl Benz — he’s the “Benz” in Mercedes-Benz — was the first person to get written permission to legally drive a car? So, if anybody asks who the first person was to get a driver’s license, the answer, apparently, isn’t some random nobody. It’s the guy who was instrumental in founding one of the world’s biggest automakers today.

The short episode talks about five untold series to come out of Mercedes-Benz’s archives. In addition to Karl Benz’s place in history as the first person to get legal permission to drive a car, Mercedes’ history also includes a unique car that was used by the German automaker for data collecting and testing purposes. That car was a Mercedes-Benz 300 Wagon Measuring Car. The car was used before the world started relying heavily on computers. A bundle of wires was connected from a test car to a Merc 300 SL Measuring Car, and the latter would then accompany the test car so it can gather data on it.

The episode briefly talked about another important aspect of Mercedes testing: the Climatic Wind Tunnel. We all know that a lot of companies use wind tunnels for testing purposes, but Merc’s version of a wind tunnel takes it to another level. Apparently, it can test extreme weather conditions, giving engineers an idea on how some of Merc’s models respond to occasions of extreme heat or cold. Notice the amount of ice build-up on the test car? That’s extreme, alright.

Mercedes Reveals Five Untold Stories in Latest "Best of Benz" Video Series
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The German automaker was also the first company to use systematic crash tests on its models.

The German automaker was also the first company to use systematic crash tests on its models. It started doing it in 1959, often using rocket technology to improve car safety. I’d say being a pioneer in that regard turned out well for Mercedes as it’s now considered one of the best automakers in developing safe cars. Who knows, its dedication to developing new technologies could open one day open the door for the return of the Bionic Concept, a box-like vehicle that Mercedes created back in 2005. It wasn’t the prettiest of concepts, but it did generate a lot of attention, not only because of its peculiar box, fish-like look but also because it paved the way for a future that we’re only starting to realize.


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