This patented system functions like an invisible scarf, which warms the occupants’ head and neck areas. AIRSCARF® is integrated into the backrests of the front seats and provides warm air through outlets in the head restraints.
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The Mercedes engineers have modified this unique innovation specifically for the E-Class Cabriolet: in this model, an adjustment wheel pivots the outlet nozzle upwards and downwards by a total of 36 degrees over and above the head restraint height adjustment, meaning that the driver and front passenger can enjoy the unique neck-level heating regardless of how short or tall they are.
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Shots taken using the thermography camera show how effectively the patented AIRSCARF®system operates at low outside temperatures in winter. Costing some € 50,000, the special camera enables people to see that which usually remains invisible: the heat radiated by persons or objects. The camera’s highly sensitive lens scans the driver, the seat backrest and parts of the interior, making heat visible: zones with high heat radiation appear in red, violet and white on the monitor, while cooler areas are coloured green or yellow. The dark blue and black areas, on the other hand, are the areas where the temperature is at its lowest. The thermograms clearly show where a large, wide sea of warm air is produced in the E-Class Cabriolet.
Source: Daimler AG