Mobility of the future.
Focus on sustainability.
Daimler AG examines the environmental impacts of its products throughout their entire product life cycle. The superb results of this documentation are regularly published in its annual Sustainability Report. The core message for last year: Despite a production increase by more than five percent, CO₂ emissions were reduced by 2.5 percent over the same period thanks to energy saving measures and the transition to fuels with lower CO₂ content. The emissions of the European passenger car fleet have been lowered by more than 27 percent since 2007. The S 500 PLUG-IN HYBRID and the recently presented C 350 e, with their CO₂ emissions of 65 and 48 grammes per kilometre respectively, make a clear statement for the future. These are the trailblazers of a large-scale rollout at the brand with the three-pointed star with a total of ten plug-ins scheduled for release by 2017.
S 500 PLUG-IN HYBRID:
Fuel consumption combined: 2.8 l/100 km;
combined CO₂ emissions: 65 g/km;
Electr. energy consumption NEDC acc. to ECE-R101:
13.5 kWh/100 km.*
Hybrid technology and autonomous driving.
In addition to hybrid technology, Daimler AG is also focusing on autonomous driving for the mobility of the future. With the S 500 INTELLIGENT DRIVE trip from Mannheim to Pforzheim in 2013, Mercedes-Benz was the first automobile manufacturer in the world to prove that urban and inter-urban autonomous driving is already possible today using near-series standard technology.
The next milestone in the development of autonomous driving followed a year later with the Future Truck 2025. And the current research vehicle, the F 015 “Luxury in Motion”, uses its revolutionary interior concept to show how space and time can be used meaningfully and safely in the future.
Autonomous driving more and more tangible.
“Many of our customers are using partially automated driving functions in our S-, E- and C-Classes as well as soon in our new GLE Coupé. We develop these technologies further with high pressure and thus make autonomous driving more and more tangible with each generation of driver assistance systems. The requirements to bring autonomous driving functions onto the road however, go far beyond the technical development and also include the clarification of legal and ethical issues in particular,” underscored Professor Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG responsible for Group Research & Development Mercedes-Benz Cars. That is why Daimler is also promoting the dialog on legal and ethical issues relating to autonomous driving.
“How should a self-driving vehicle react in an impending accident? What are the consequences with respect to liability and insurance? These are just some of the questions we need to find answers to through social discourse,” said Dr. Christine Hohmann-Dennhardt, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, responsible for Integrity and Legal Affairs, at the presentation of the 2014 Sustainability Report. The former German Federal Constitutional Court judge is convinced that “responsible autonomous driving is based on law and ethics”.
Sustainability Dialogue 2015.
This year, Dr. Hohmann-Dennhardt has initiated a number of measures on these topics. A cross-divisional steering committee of experts from various Daimler units is dealing with the legal and ethical issues relating to autonomous driving. The committee receives important input from the Advisory Board for Integrity and Corporate Responsibility, an external body that has been providing Daimler with critical and constructive support since 2012. In the fall, Daimler will hold an expert conference on “Autonomous Driving, Law and Ethics” for the first time. The aim of the conference is to continue the dialog with representatives of the economy, science, politics and NGOs. The keynote speech will be given by Professor Dr. Julian Nida-Rümelin, philosophy professor at LMU Munich and former State Minister for Culture, who is working on issues relating to roboethics and machine ethics.
The legal and ethical issues relating to autonomous driving will also be examined during the 2015 Sustainability Dialogue. This event, which will be held in Stuttgart on November 11 and 12, brings together around 100 external stakeholders and Daimler experts each year in order to discuss the latest issues relating to sustainability.