What requirements do you have for safety aspects with regard to autonomous vehicles in which passengers also face the opposite direction of travel or lie down in the car while it is moving?
Kagerer: Until we have achieved zero traffic accidents, we will continue to see the well-known systems such as seatbelts and airbags. We have to get into the seats so that we can adapt to the situation in the vehicle. We think about many possibilities for providing protection even with the seats turned.
Freisler: In this context, the topic of sensor technology is becoming increasingly important, because I need to know where the occupants are sitting in order to be able to protect them.
Kagerer: For optimal protection, individual adaptation is required. That is, where is the occupant sitting, how are they sitting, how old are they? Age is an important aspect. With older people in particular, you have to think about bone density in order to be able to best distribute energy in the protection system.