In the last two decades, the number of road users who have been severely injured or killed has been reduced by 40 to 60 percent. It seems highly unlikely that passive safety systems will be able to bring about any further improvement of these values. Active safety, which aims to avoid accidents or at least greatly reduce their impact, is one possible solution.
The EDAG Group is focussing on interlinking active and passive systems in the development process.
Intelligent interaction using the latest in sensor technology and the digital interconnection of all safety systems in the vehicle will help to improve passenger and partner protection. EDAG's Integral Safety Competence Centre is one of the company's central points, and where skills in the fields of passive vehicle safety, chassis control systems and the E/E domain "driver assistance and safety systems" are pooled for interdisciplinary cooperation.
Additionally, we want to make it possible to use a means of intelligently linking up information beyond the limits of the car itself. For instance, the virtual scope of perception can be significantly extended by linking the sensor data from a vehicle with route information such as road condition, traffic volume or a lost load.
In this way, not only do we make defensive and therefore safe driving possible, but also create the necessary conditions for highly automated driving. This intelligent information link-up is one of the key aspects of the work we do in the Integral Safety CC.