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Safety, methods and processes

Safety, methods and processes

Safety is a matter where the link between technology and the demands of society is direct and clear, and where fulfilling the expectations of the single customer is usually benefitting the whole of society. And in fact, the track record of the industry on this subject is an undeniable success story. The number of people killed in road accidents in Europe peaked in the early 1970s. It has been generally falling more or less steadily since, but the number of accidents hasn’t. It is fair to say that cars have kept becoming safer in the last decades.

 

Still, every death on the road is a death that could have been avoided. And, looking beyond Europe, more than a million lives are lost in road accidents worldwide. There is plenty of progress to be made.
The European commission has a plan to reduce the number of road fatalities by half within the decade 2010-2020. A similar plan for the preceding decade was an almost complete success.
At the same time however, cars will have to become significantly more fuel-efficient and thus lighter (and thus, more exposed to severe damage in a collision), and an increasing number of cars will run on electric power, with large batteries and a high-voltage power network on board that constitute new potential hazards.

 

To give guidance on how to resolve these problems, the Technical Division “Safety, methods and processes” is working on a position regarding “Electric Vehicles and Safety”. It follows up the “Berliner Erklärung”, a commitment made in 2011 at the VDI Conference on Vehicle Safety in Berlin to contribute towards the aforementioned EU target of halving the number of road fatalities that you can find in German on our website. The aim of our position is to ensure safety will not be compromised to favor a fast development of the number of electric vehicles on the road.