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Driving safety
Getting there safely and comfortably

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Numerous studies prove that our technology makes driving safer. Our high-performance sensors and electronic safety systems allow many hazards to be identified immediately and prevented – for example, up to 80% of all skidding accidents and three out of four serious rear-end collisions. They also enhance driving enjoyment, allowing cars to take bends dynamically and remain reliably on track.

 

Examples of how we make driving safer:

Antilock braking system (ABS)

ABS is a milestone in driving safety. During heavy braking, the vehicle’s wheels can lock. ABS senses the hazard early and actively counters it, allowing the driver to steer and reliably brake the vehicle even in a full brake application. We launched the first volume-produced ABS system onto the market back in 1978. Today, it is compulsory for all cars registered in the EU. Based on this system, we are developing further solutions to make braking even safer.

Electronic stability program (ESP®)

The ESP® stabilizes the car during starting, braking, and cornering. Micromechanical yaw-rate sensors measure every movement of the car around the vertical axis, identifying a skid faster than the driver can respond. The system stabilizes the car in fractions of a second, braking individual wheels and intervening in the engine control system. In this way, the car remains controllable for the driver even in critical situations. We are continuously enhancing the ESP® with functions that improve both safety and vehicle dynamics.

Vehicle dynamics management (VDM)

With VDM, we combine ESP® with other systems for enhanced safety and performance. This creates useful new functions. With the aid of different software programs, we can improve vehicle safety on critical road surfaces (wet, ice, gravel), for example, shorten braking distances or reduce oversteer and understeer. This also improves cornering performance and directional stability. The systems combine ideally as they each use the same high-performance sensors.