In 1968, work began on developing an airbag. The airbag, in contrast to the seatbelt, cushions a larger area of the occupant and so further enhances the protection provided by the belt. The picture at left, taken in 1969, shows one of many vehicle tests carried out in the course of airbag development. Without question, Daimler-Benz played a leading role in developing the airbag.