Among their expectations for the car of tomorrow, Europe’s drivers put safety at the top of the list – even ahead of cost, sustainability, and comfort. Government too is pushing for greater traffic safety. The Vision Zero is an ambitious goal of the European Commission: to design Europe’s roads and means of transportation so safely that by 2050 there will be no traffic fatalities or serious injuries. Moreover many other regions of the world are also making plans to improve road safety.

Such ambitious goals require an effective interaction between crashworthiness and accident avoidance as well as between vehicles and road infrastructure. Despite all the progress that has been made in active safety, our cars still need large amounts of passive safety. The increase in driver assistance systems and partially automated driving will also influence the occurrence of accidents.It will necessarily also mean changes in testing standards and will be reflected in rating methods. 

Apart from the above factors, another focus will be the safety of new vehicle concepts that were especially pushed by electromobility. That’s why crash.tech 2014 will look at both the crashworthiness of new lightweight designs and new materials, as well as the accident safety of high-voltage vehicles and their components. The twelfth crash.tech congress will again address current issues in vehicle safety. Join us and contribute a presentation. Abstracts can be submitted by October 25, 2013.We are looking forward to your paper.