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 - and continues to take - responsibility for the safety of its buses to the extent Mercedes-Benz has. Many of the vehicle enhancements which are now standard originated in Mercedes-Benz vehicles, for instance, in December 1970 Mercedes-Benz introduced the first electronically controlled ABS in the world – a revolution in road and driving safety. And a Mercedes-Benz bus was the first in the world to be equipped with the Electronic Stability Program (ESP®).
At Mercedes-Benz, safety does not mean implementing isolated individual measures. Safety represents a comprehensive integral safety concept. By systematically implementing the philosophy of safety, 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. It 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.