Vision Zero!


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The worldwide automakers are now running a race to reach a milestone of the safest e-mobility. As per the survey, European countries are witnessing a drop in road fatalities. This could only happen due to the safety-interest of the German automakers. The OEMs around the globe are now aiming to achieve ‘Vision Zero’ practice in their vehicles. The concept of it is very more than a way. Vision Zero also aims to reduce the causes of deaths and injuries in the transport system.

Quick Confab to Safety Roadmap in E-mobility

With the evolution of Euro NCAP, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), leading players are worth focusing on the implementation of the top-rated safety technologies in their vehicles. “Zero traffic fatalities by 2050 — that’s the target of Vision Zero, which is also a component of the current German federal government’s coalition agreement”, mentioned in the survey.

A report rolled out by Daimler highly claims to achieve this sanity in their ‘e-progress’. Daimler’s philosophy of vision-zero is divided into four phases and bridges the concept of active and passive safety protection of the occupants in the vehicle. The first phase talks about the comfort assistance systems that make driving safer, assist drivers. The second phase warn, assist, and automatically engage the safety systems in the vehicles. The next phase is a protection system that can intelligently protect all vehicle occupants as required in the given situation followed by systems that can secure the accident scene, call for help or provide help themselves.

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The technological improvements in the sensors are the key contributor to the safety of electric vehicles. “For instance, the market for radar and LiDAR will more than double by 2025 to over $25 billion”, as per the analyst of Yole Développement. High speed, Blind Spot prediction, Fast scanning, and accurate processing there are four areas where car sensors must improve radically. Certainly, companies are diligently working on these issues, and cameras, Lidar, and Radars are the three prominent weapons to fight the battle for safety thirst.

To reach the zero accidents vision, the Neural Propulsion Systems team argues that both LiDAR and radar must undergo radical improvements and then LiDAR, radar and cameras must all three be fused into a single system”, said in Forbes.

Mercedes-Benz’s vehicle safety unit is currently testing the use of X-ray technology in crash tests in cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute for High-Speed Dynamics, Ernst-Mach-Institute (EMI) in Freiburg. Here, extremely sharp still images of specific areas of a vehicle are produced during the highly dynamic crash tests that are conducted. The ultrashort-duration X-ray technology employed enables Mercedes-Benz to examine how safety-relevant invisible vehicle components behave in a crash, which was previously impossible to do in such detail.

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Recently, Honda announced its plans in reaching zero fatalities with its vehicles by 2050. The giant is now working over the intelligence improvements in the systems. And plans to invest five trillion yen into the safety R&D. The autonomous vehicles today look most promising in achieving the summit. Though this vision has already been in the eyes of the beholder, the achievement may take a time to reach zero.

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