Mercedes-Benz has announced an ambitious project called ‘Vision Zero’ under which the German automobile giant will attempt to achieve zero accidents by 2050.
According to a report in HT Auto, the project is based on research on road accidents that the luxury carmaker has been doing for more than 50 years, and which has been, in recent years, expanded to include countries like China and India.
Mercedes-Benz ‘Vision Zero’ project
To achieve the said goal, Mercedes-Benz has set itself, smaller targets such as bringing down the number of deaths and injuries due to road accidents in the next 8 years by at least half of the corresponding figure in 2020, the report said.
Also, as part of the research, the Accident Research Unit (ARU) at Mercedes-Benz analysed and reconstructed more than 5,000 real-world accidents since the company was founded in 1969.
“We are pursuing our vision of accident-free driving. In other words, no more accidents involving a Mercedes vehicle. We are working towards this goal at full speed. Highly automated and autonomous driving will be a decisive contributor to the mission’s success,” said Paul Dick, the Stuttgart-headquartered company’s Head of Vehicle Safety.
‘Safety first’ at Mercedes-Benz
In 1997, the carmaker’s A-Class (W 168 series) failed a moose test, under which the ability of a car to evade an obstacle that suddenly appeared before it is tested. The failure prompted to Mercedes-Benz to introduce the Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) in all its model.
The company’s lofty goal is guided by a thorough examination of real-world accidents, with the invaluable assistance of MB’s own Accident Research unit, which has been in operation for over 50 years.
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