Mercedes-Benz Vans is increasing the safety of its star-branded vans even further with the aid of in-house accident research. This is the result of an interim evaluation of the activities carried out by a team of specialists over a period of one-and-a-half years.

The Van Accident Research unit now has its headquarters at Daimler AG’s Untertürkheim plant, where engineers examine selected accidents in which Mercedes-Benz vans have been involved. The results are fed directly back into vehicle development, thus helping to make Mercedes-Benz vans even safer.

The analysis of actual accidents is particularly useful for the specialists, as they reveal many more possible configurations compared with the parameters specified by the safety tests conducted for vehicle research and approval. For example, the accident researchers are able to identify whether the airbags were deployed as intended. In addition, there are also important pointers towards which vehicle components can be designed with even greater safety in mind.

“Research focusing on vans has been around as early as the 1970s. However, the different areas were previously assigned to other divisions. Now we have everything under one roof,” explains Vera Hertler, development engineer involved in setting up the Van Accident Research unit.

Vehicle safety plays a key role for Mercedes-Benz Vans. Most of the current safety and assistance systems in the van market celebrated their world premieres in Mercedes-Benz vehicles. Most recently new standards have been set with Collision Prevention Assist, Blind Spot Assist, Highbeam Assist, the anticipatory occupant protection system Pre-Safe, Attention Assist and Adaptive ESP with Trailer Stability Assist.

Whether Sprinter or Vito, Citan or Mixto, chassis or crewbus – all models offer an exemplary, high level of basic safety with numerous safety features included as standard. In addition, every customer is able to increase the safety level of their van with a whole host of safety and assistance technology tailored to their vehicle’s area of application.