Mercedes has unveiled their new active seat-belt buckle technology.
Designed for the rear seats, the buckles are power-deployable and emerge from the seats when the rear passenger doors are opened. The buckles then illuminate to ease in the process of buckling up.
Once a passenger is belted, the buckle retracts to reduce slack around the pelvis and thorax. The technology also works with the PRE-SAFE system that automatically tensions the belt when an accident is imminent.
The active seat-belt buckles will be offered on an upcoming model, so we wouldn't be surprised if they debut on the 2013 S-Class.
Check out the press release for additional information