What long-term economic advantages does a safety-optimized Actros offer fleet operators?
The benefits are obvious: It´s about protecting the driver and preventing serious accidents. Truck collisions also often involve major damage to one's own vehicle - in which case costs can escalate quickly. Here the investment in safety systems starts to pay off after the first avoided incident already! Incidentally, this is the reason why such safety systems are already standard for hazardous goods vehicles in the petroleum industry.
The goal of the EU General Safety Regulation is to halve the number of serious injuries and accident deaths by 2030. What is your take on such regulations?
At Daimler we support such initiatives. It is only possible to achieve a widespread impact if safety systems are available in all vehicles. It is important to distinguish which systems are sensible for which vehicle segments, however. A van like the Sprinter and an Atego truck have totally different operating profiles. A bus with standing passengers cannot be viewed in the same way as a truck with just one person on board. Each segment has different accident situations. But the law does not make a distinction here. This requires more clarification and discussion.
Are there further leverage points for achieving sustainable road safety?
Most truck accidents happen as a result of rear-end collisions and lane departures. We as a manufacturer offer a wealth of assistance systems to combat these situations. Things become more complex in the case of busier road traffic, such as at an intersection, which involves different road-users and quickly changing situations. All those involved need to be better networked to overcome these challenges.
According to experts, the global transport volume in the haulage sector will more than double between 2015 and 2050. How can we cope with this increase without causing traffic chaos?
A very interesting question! We are already developing solution scenarios at Daimler Trucks. To this end, we call upon a vast pool of knowledge acquired over many years of developing driver assistance systems – throughout the entire Daimler Group. Initial prototype solutions will hit the road in the coming years.
You give one-hundred percent energy for "zero" accidents – what drives you on the road to achieving the goal of accident-free driving?
I am utterly convinced that our developments have saved many lives. Ultimately this is what really drives us.