Born to It: A Career in Safety Might Not Be Top of the List of Most Young Boys’ Ambitions, but Mercedez-Benz’s ADAS Specialist, Dr. Michael Hafner, Bucked the Trend

This article presents an interview with Dr. Michael Hafner, director of driver assistance systems and active safety at Mercedes-Benz. Dr. Hafner is in charge of the design and series development of brakes, chassis and driver assistance systems, including Mercedes-Benz’s Electronic Stability Program (ESP), Distronic Plus adaptive cruise control, Collision Prevention Assist, Driver Assistance Package Plus, and Active Park Assist with Parktronic. Dr. Hafner shares his ideas about key past and future safety milestones, discussing real-world performance of Mercedes-Benz safety technology; the need for original equipment manufacturers (OEM) to work cooperatively as new devices are rolled out in the vehicle fleet; and the transformation to autonomous driving or, at the least, to humans taking a less active role in vehicle safety.


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  • Accession Number: 01602540
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 24 2016 7:27AM