Mobile with disabilities: "International Day of People with Disabilities" at the Mercedes-Benz Museum

Nov 28, 2016

The Mercedes-Benz Museum takes the "International Day of People with Disabilities" on 3 and 4 December as the occasion for presenting Mercedes-Benz models that provide disabled people with mobility and thereby independence thanks to special optional extras. Furthermore, museum visitors will have the opportunity to experience two vehicles from the company's 130-year history solely through the sense of touch. Admission for people with disabilities plus one accompanying person is free on both days. The museum itself has already received several awards for its barrier-free design.

Stuttgart. Mercedes-Benz offers 15 so-called "ex-factory driving aids" for people with physical disabilities. They are available for passenger vehicles and vans of the brand. The Mercedes-Benz Museum now presents four vehicles with ex-factory driving aids on 3 and 4 December on the occasion of the Day of People with Disabilities: a V-Class, an E-Class Saloon, a B-Class, and a Citan. This year marks the first year that the Mercedes-Benz ex-factory driving aids are available for the V-Class and the Citan. The special presentation is rounded off with a V-Class converted by vehicle conversion specialist PARAVAN, and with wheelchairs of the küschall brand. Three experts from Mercedes-Benz will explain the various conversions for people with disabilities on both days from 9 am to 6 pm.

The "Dialogue in the Dark" room offers a special experience. Visitors are able to experience two vehicles from the company's 130-year history solely with their sense of touch. The room is open both days from 10 am to 1 pm and from 2 pm to 4 pm. Registration takes place at the museum.

Sebastian Magenheim is a Mercedes-Benz brand ambassador and a professional athlete in wheelchair basketball. On 4 December, he will recount his personal experiences at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Grand Auditorium, 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm).  

Barrier-free design of the Mercedes-Benz Museum

People with disabilities are always welcome guests at the Mercedes-Benz Museum. That is already evident in the design of the building and the permanent exhibition alone. People with limited mobility are able to access the museum directly from reserved spaces in the car park or through the main entrance without encountering any barriers. Ramps and elevators provide access to all levels and areas. Guests can borrow wheelchairs and walkers directly in the museum. Furthermore, information about the Mercedes-Benz Museum and the exhibits is available in Braille.

The museum was honoured with the "Exemplary Barrier-Free Building" architecture award for its barrier-free design just one year after it opened. Six years later, the association ABS – Zentrum für selbstbestimmtes Leben behinderter Menschen Stuttgart e.V. (Centre for the Self-Determined Living of Disabled People), honoured the museum with the "Golden Wheelchair" Award.

The Mercedes-Benz Museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 9 am to 6 pm. The ticket counter always closes at 5 pm. Registration, reservations and latest information: Monday to Sunday from 9 am to 6 pm by phone at +49 0711 17-30000, by email to or online at:

Vehicles with ex-factory driving aids on display

The V-Class, E-Class, B-Class, and Citan on display feature nine of the 15 driving aids available from Mercedes-Benz ex-factory:

Vehicle on display

Installed ex-factory driving aids









Multifunction rotary knob "MFD TOUCH": The MFD TOUCH multifunction rotary knob attaches to the left or right side of the steering wheel and allows comfortable one-handed steering. The integrated buttons control the turn indicators, horn, main beam and dipped beam headlamps, as well as the windscreen wipers. The corresponding commands are triggered by a gentle touch of the thumb, and transmitted wirelessly to the vehicle.





Steering wheel turning knob: The steering wheel turning knob ensures safe and comfortable one-handed operation of the steering wheel. It is installed on the steering wheel in a way that fully retains the airbag's protective effect. The steering wheel turning knob features a snap fastener for easy release from the bracket when the vehicle is used by someone who does not need it.





Hand control unit "Easy Speed": The Easy Speed hand control unit allows accelerating and braking by hand. The vehicle accelerates when the lever is pulled back towards the driver, and brakes when the lever is pushed forward.





Hand control unit "Multima PRO": The Multima PRO hand control unit is positioned between the driver's knee and the vehicle's centre console. It allows the driver to accelerate by pulling the control lever back or apply the brakes by pushing it forward with just a minimum of physical effort.





Hand control unit "Classic": The Classic hand control unit allows accelerating and braking by hand - drivers can accelerate by turning the handle, and brake the vehicle by pushing it slightly forward.





Electronic repositioning of the accelerator pedal: An additional accelerator pedal is installed on the left side of the footwell. A switch on the centre console allows activating the additional (left) or the standard (right) accelerator pedal prior to the trip. This allows the vehicle to be driven by different drivers with and without disability.





Repositioned turn indicator and cruise control levers: The turn indicator and cruise control levers are moved mechanically to the right by installing additional levers on the original ones. People with limited movement of the left arm are thus able to operate the turn indicators, switch between main beam and dipped beam, and operate the cruise control from the right side.





Pedal cover: People without disabilities can continue to use the conventional accelerator and brake pedals. When needed, a pedal cover in conjunction with a hand control unit prevents unintended pedal operation and thus provides added safety.





Entrance guard: The entrance guard protects the door sill against damages caused by the wheelchair during transfer on one hand, and the driver's clothes in inclement weather on the other.





In addition to the installed driving aids, the V-Class on display shows a cassette-style lift from conversion specialist AMF Bruns, which is associated with Mercedes-Benz Vans through the VanPartner programme. The cassette-style lift allows getting in and out of the vehicle while seated in the wheelchair. The vehicle also features the prototype of the new "Slider" transfer seat. This convenience solution from Veigel GmbH + Co. KG allows the wheelchair user to transfer to the driver's seat after accessing the vehicle interior with the cassette-style lift.

In the Citan on display, VanPartner MobiTEC presents a conversion option in the form of a rear cutout with wheelchair ramp and wheelchair arresting mechanism. It allows easy and safe transport of a wheelchair user.

Mercedes-Benz ex-factory driving aids

Mercedes-Benz ex-factory driving aids are installed in the Car Modification Center in Sindelfingen by the Mercedes-Benz experts directly at the factory, and come with a full warranty at a calculated fixed price. At Mercedes-Benz, customers get everything from a single source. They are spared the time-consuming conversions after the delivery of their vehicle and benefit from a vehicle optimally tailored to their needs.

Mercedes-Benz E-Class, B-Class, Citan, and V-Class (from left) with ex-factory driving aids. Photo taken at the REHACARE 2016 trade fair.
Mercedes-Benz E-Class, B-Class, Citan, and V-Class (from left) with ex-factory driving aids. Photo taken at the REHACARE 2016 trade fair.
Mercedes-Benz V-Klasse – Category Handicapped Mobility, Interior
Konsequent barrierefrei: Das Mercedes-Benz Museum.
Strictly barrier-free: the Mercedes-Benz Museum.