The vision of accident-free driving is an essential component of Daimler’s DNA. The company has been a pioneer in safety and assistance systems for decades, one reason being that the accident research activities at the Group establish the foundation for improving such systems.

Vehicle and traffic safety have been continuously improved to a significant degree over the past 60 years. Daimler supports the efforts undertaken by government authorities to create the conditions necessary for achieving further improvements. At the same time, Daimler itself continues to take measures to enhance safety on the road, and vehicle and traffic safety have always been and continue to be an important focus of the Daimler Group’s vehicle development activities.

One of our key obligations is to ensure the safety of our customers and all other road users. Mercedes-Benz experts have been conducting in-house accident research regarding critical traffic situations and real accidents with Mercedes-Benz vehicles since 1969. Our comprehensive “Integral Safety” concept is therefore consistently aligned with real traffic and accident data. The concept focuses on the synergy between active and passive safety.

Assistance systems that prevent accidents are very effective and helpful, and Daimler offers a great number of such systems in order to ensure a high level of safety in our vehicles.

Daimler makes use of all the wealth of knowledge at the company in order to meet the extensive requirements for active safety – our Trucks, Vans, Buses and Cars divisions have been closely linked with one another and with Group Research for many years now. As a result, all units of the Group benefit from the experience and developments of the others. Our development engineers continuously improve the sensors used in our vehicles in order to optimize our safety and assistance systems. These systems take into account an increasing amount of data. Extensive tests are therefore conducted to ensure that the sensors are “taught well” and that assistance systems can trigger standardized reactions to complex traffic situations quickly and smoothly.

Over the next few years, the intelligent combination and further development of assistance systems will pave the way for highly automated driving. Every new safety and assistance system that is introduced should, and can, reduce the number of accidents that occur, and the intelligent integration of all such systems could lead to a quantum leap on the road to accident-free driving, ultimately culminating in the development of a highly complex overall system. Such a system would be able to react to the surrounding traffic situation more or less as flexibly as humans do — but with one major difference: It would never become tired or distracted or allow itself to be influenced by emotions or moods, which are precisely the factors that frequently play a role in accidents today. This is how highly automated driving might reduce the number of accidents that occur in the future.