Mercedes: 10 Years with Pedestrian Emergency Braking

Mercedes-Benz has reached a significant achievement in automotive safety: since 2012, over 10 million of its passenger cars sold globally now feature a pedestrian emergency braking system. This system, known as Active Brake Assist, includes pedestrian detection, enhancing the safety of both vehicle occupants and vulnerable road users like pedestrians and cyclists. The integration of this technology marks a crucial step in Mercedes-Benz’s long-term safety initiative.

Why It Matters

The relevance of this development is underscored by alarming statistics. Pedestrians account for a significant portion of road fatalities, nearly one-fifth in the European Union as of 2020, and 17% in the United States in 2021. The pedestrian emergency braking system has proven effective, with a 27% reduction in pedestrian-involved accidents for vehicles equipped with this technology, according to a 2022 study by the American Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. This innovation not only aligns with Mercedes-Benz’s commitment to safety but also responds to a pressing global need to protect all road users.

Mercedes: 10 Years with Pedestrian Emergency Braking

Key Points

  • Active Brake Assist Technology: Introduced as a standard feature in all Mercedes-Benz passenger cars, this system uses advanced sensor technology to detect imminent collision risks with pedestrians and cyclists, initiating emergency braking when necessary.
  • Safety Evolution: Mercedes-Benz has been a pioneer in braking technology since 1996, continuously enhancing its systems with radar technology and artificial intelligence.
  • Global Impact and Legal Requirements: This milestone surpasses existing legal requirements for emergency braking systems, reflecting Mercedes-Benz’s dedication to leading in automotive safety standards.

Bottom Line

Mercedes-Benz’s achievement in equipping over 10 million vehicles with Active Brake Assist is more than a technological triumph; it’s a significant contribution to the global effort of reducing road fatalities. This aligns with their “Real-Life Safety” philosophy, focusing on real-world accident prevention and aiming towards Vision Zero – a future with no accidents involving Mercedes-Benz vehicles by 2050. This milestone not only reinforces Mercedes-Benz’s position as a leader in automotive safety but also sets a new standard for the industry in protecting all road users.


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