The bus is one of the world's safest modes of transport, thanks in no small part to Mercedes-Benz innovations. Practically no other manufacturer has taken responsibility for the safety of its buses like Mercedes-Benz has – and still does. Many of the vehicle enhancements which are now standard originated in Mercedes-Benz vehicles. For example, in 1970 Mercedes-Benz introduced the first electronically controlled anti-lock braking system (ABS) in the world – a revolution in driving and road safety. And Mercedes-Benz was also the first to install the Electronic Stability Program ESP® in a bus.
At Mercedes-Benz, safety does not mean implementing individual measures. Safety represents a comprehensive integral safety concept. By systematically implementing its safety philosophy, this concept covers all stages of vehicle safety: from handling safety through safety in hazardous situations and protection in the event of an accident to minimising the consequences of an accident. This also includes many other measures such as driver training, conscientious maintenance of the vehicle and the use of certified genuine replacement parts in vehicle service.
The aim of the integral safety concept is ambitious: it is to implement the vision of accident-free driving.