Automotive Safety Council awarded Prof. Rodolfo Schöneburg the Pathfinder Award for his dedication and contribution towards improving safety features present in vehicles. Prof. Schöneburg has been associated with Mercedes Benz since 1999 and heads the Safety/Vehicles Functions section. Mercedes Benz has shown remarkable progress when it comes to innovative modules for passive and active detection of accidents. New generation S-Class vehicles from the three star brand will be incorporating a number of specialized and optimized features to provide users with a safe and comfortable journey. Prof. Schöneburg is associated with the Mercedes Benz PRE SAFE anticipatory occupant protection system which was integrated within vehicles in 2002.
In the current generation its necessary for vehicles to include specialized safety systems which not only help keep passengers safe in case of an accident but also exude preventive measures to overcome the situation at first. Mercedes Benz PRE SAFE has been designed to keep track of a vehicles's dynamic state so as to determine the course of action that needs to be taken in order to avoid an accident or collision. Tightening seat-belts, closing power windows and sun roof and optimizing seat position in case of an accident are some preventive measures that the system initiates during accidents.
Prof. Schöneburg during the conference in Reunion (Florida) had this to say, "We made tremendous progress in passive and active safety in recent years, and also in future we will develop further potential", explained "On the one hand it is essential to continuously improve and optimise established safety systems in the vehicle, but on the other hand we must be able to recognise when further potential can only be tapped by employing completely new solutions." He added,"Our declared goal at Mercedes‑Benz is to strengthen our trendsetting function in the field of safety."