Road safety

Continuing to improve road safety is one of the main concerns of international motor vehicle manufacturers. The VDIK is involved in numerous committees and associations whose work in recent years has produced visible successes.

Number of road fatalities

The number of people killed or injured in road traffic has been declining steadily for decades. According to current figures from the Federal Statistical Office, 2,562 people died in road accidents in 2021, 157 fewer than in the previous year (-5.6 percent). As a result, the number of traffic fatalities and injuries fell again, reaching the lowest level in more than 60 years. Nevertheless, the trend towards fewer and fewer people being injured in road traffic is not a matter of course. Strong efforts must continue to be made to achieve the goal of even greater safety and fewer accidents.

Active and passive safety

International vehicle manufacturers have significantly influenced the positive development in road safety through their innovations in the field of active and passive safety. They will continue to make an active contribution to increasing road safety in the future. In particular, modern driver assistance systems and their networking with a wide variety of information sources will play an increasingly important role. International vehicle manufacturers are already increasingly equipping their vehicles with driver assistance systems. These systems support the driver in the driving task through better environmental detection and situation analysis, thus ensuring significantly greater safety.

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