Effects on health and safety

Our safety and zero-emission driving strategies are aimed at ensuring maximum safety for drivers, passengers, and all other road users, and the prevention of emissions and noise.

Upon delivery, our products and services must satisfy the contractual criteria for quality and active and passive safety and must be ready for use in accordance with their intended purpose. That is why we work intensively on eliminating errors to the greatest possible extent as early as in the development and design stage. Our safety obligations also apply during production and sales as well as after the handover of the vehicles. The Daimler “Product Safety” policy regulates the related requirements, tasks, activities, and responsibilities. With the help of our worldwide product monitoring system, we can detect potential risks at an early stage. The processes and procedures for suitable countermeasures such as warnings, customer service measures, etc. are defined.

Seal of quality confirms allergy-friendly features. Good air quality in the vehicle interior and anti-allergen surfaces contribute to the passengers’ safety and well-being. We ensure that already in the development stage emissions in the vehicle interior are reduced to a minimum and that alergens are avoided. External allergens are effectively contained through highly efficient filters in the air conditioning unit. And with great success: since 2012, Mercedes-Benz vehicles have borne the seal of quality of ECARF, the European Center for Allergy Research Foundation. The seal is awarded to products whose anti-allergen properties have been subjected to scientific review. To this end, ECARF conducts driving tests with persons suffering from asthma, which examining many medical parameters — such as those established for lung functionality tests — that show the effects on the respiratory system. Moreover, all materials which come into contact with passengers’ skin are subjected to dermatological testing.

Top fit in the truck. Professional drivers are exposed to maximum stress. In its research project TopFit Truck, Mercedes-Benz Trucks places the main focus on the driver. The goal is to make the job more attractive and thus to counteract the looming shortage of drivers.

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    Research project TopFit Truck

    In the next 15 years, more than 300,000 of the current 800,000 professional drivers in Germany will leave their jobs due to age. Potential successors and trainees are rare. It is becoming increasingly more difficult to attract young people for the demanding job in the truck. That is why Mercedes-Benz Trucks is working on ways of making the job more attractive and countering the looming driver shortage in the TopFit Truck research project.

    Extensive tests and studies performed as part of the project indicate that noise pollution at highway rest areas is among the greatest problems. The drivers sleep poorly and are significantly less fit during the day. They are prone to attention deficits and to the dreaded microsleep. Moreover, they are no longer able to use their skills efficiently to the full extent, which leads to additional use of fuel and wear and tear on the vehicle. Another problem is presented by the monotony during hour-long driving stretches, which taxes the body and impairs the brain’s functions.

    In order to counteract this, our researchers and development engineers have realized a series of innovations in an Actros test vehicle and have studied and measured their effects and acceptance with the help of medical technology integrated into the vehicle. The findings were used in the development of the new Actros, which came onto the market in 2011. It has a wider bed, significantly improved noise insulation, and optimized fresh air management as standard features. All driver seats can be reclined as needed for a relaxing power nap, and the options list includes a pneumatic seat with a massage function.
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    By now the original TopFit test vehicle has a successor, with which the mature techniques can be demonstrated and further improvements can be tested, including a lighting concept that is to take the biological and psychological aspects of light therapy into account.