Born on this day, Béla Barényi, Austrian regarded by many as the ‘father of passive safety in automobiles’


Friday 1st March 1907

Born on this day, Béla Barényi, Austrian regarded by many as the ‘father of passive safety in automobiles’. Heading the pre-development department of Daimler-Benz from 1939 to 1972, he developed the concept of the crumple zone, the non-deformable passenger cell, collapsible steering column etc. and other features of Mercedes-Benz automobiles. He is also credited with having conceived the basic design for the Volkswagen Beetle in 1925..


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