Virtually no other area inspires us to produce consistently impressive results more than safety. We passed an important safety milestone during the 1950s with the development of the passenger safety cell, an invention by Béla Barényi. Today it is just one of many components of our safety concept, which edges us ever closer to our vision of accident-free driving.
The integrated safety concept classifies automobile safety according to four phases. To ensure safer driving, the vehicle helps the driver to identify critical situations promptly and handle them safely – with the help of systems such as ATTENTION ASSIST (included as standard) and optional radar and camera technology, which assesses the road ahead and monitors the vehicle’s environment. If sensors register a critical situation, such as a dangerously small distance to the vehicle ahead, they warn the driver.
In the second phase, in the event of danger, numerous preventive measures can be activated to reduce the risk of injury. For example, automatic brake application can help prevent a collision. In the event of an accident, the occupants can benefit from effective protection provided by the comprehensive range of passive safety systems. Further measures come into play after an accident, e.g. to facilitate occupant rescue.