For Halsdorf, it’s all about interconnecting modern assistance systems, on the one hand, and increasingly merging Lane Keeping Assist and other features with passive safety systems like seatbelts and airbags, on the other. Because, after all, these tried-and-trusted life-saving systems – already in use for many decades – must be adapted to changes in the vehicle interior: “So that the driver’s seat can be shifted or rotated, to name one example,” says Halsdorf. He assumes that the seatbelt will therefore become an integral part of the seat in the future.
But even interconnecting the systems with the driver requires streamlining. At Level 4 of the five levels of automated driving, in which the vehicle still requires a steering wheel and gas pedal, the vehicle interior must indicate to the driver whether the responsibility for operating the vehicle lies with the driver or the vehicle,” adds Knöß. A development engineer by trade, he goes on to say that without safety solutions, there can be no automated driving: “Safety must be a major factor to consider in developing automobile drive functions. Because safety features cannot be developed separately and then retrofitted later on.”