The idea of zero road deaths sounds like a pipe dream. But Mercedes-Benz says an uncrashable car is possible.
That’s the opinion Mercedes-Benz global R&D chief، Ola Kalennius، who is excited about his new ESF (formerly ESV)، or Experimental Safety Vehicle.
Companies like Volvo have been talking up the idea of zero deaths for years – once claiming it would reach this milestone in 2020. Now، Mercedes-Benz is readying its safest vehicle ever – a car that is intended to make the road toll a distant memory.
"Safety is the core DNA of Mercedes and the ultimate goal is zero accidents in traffic،” said Ola Kalennius، the bloke in charge of research and development at Mercedes-Benz cars.
In an interview with Australian media at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show، where autonomous and even flying cars were in abundance، Kalennius confirmed that a new ESF would be revealed mid-2019.
"Wait and see!” was Kalennius’ initial response، but improvements in autonomous driving tech and collision prevention are expected، as are new occupant protection systems designed to reduce injury in the advent of a car crash.
"Things like autonomous driving and sophisticated driver assistance are all enablers to reduce traffic accidents. Because virtually all traffic accidents are human error،” he said.
The idea is that if cars are controlled by constantly-learning AI and a huge amount of cloud computing brawn that can see all things at all times، no one should die while riding inside a car.