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MESSRING’s User Day: A Focus on the Future of Vehicle Safety

Experts discuss the future of autonomous driving and the importance of active and passive safety systems at MESSRING’s User Day

Automated and fully autonomously driving vehicles are still a long way off and the road there is riddled with challenges, but at this point there’s no turning back and development must continue. That’s the conclusion that a panel of high-caliber experts came to at MESSRING’s User Day in Munich. Scientists, insurance providers, consumer advocates, and representatives of the automotive and supplier industries spent two days discussing the future of the automotive sector and the challenges for developers and operators of crash test facilities, in front of an audience of more than 100 industry representatives.

Dierk Arp, Managing Director of MESSRING Systembau GmbH, kicked off the event with a brief look back at 50 years of crash test history, which MESSRING as a global market leader in crash test facilities and their components has helped to shape in a decisive way. And just in time for its 50th anniversary, MESSRING has taken another step towards the future by establishing MESSRING Active Safety GmbH in Ingolstadt. The idea is to work with OEMs and research institutes to develop innovative options for testing driver assistance systems and active safety systems.

Many of the talks and discussions at the User Day focused on the future of vehicle safety. Dr. Igor Doric e. g., Executive Director of the newly founded MESSRING Active Safety GmbH, introduced a new groundbreaking development: the first dummy that moves using muscle groups controlled by compressed air, which can simulate pedestrian behavior in traffic more realistically than any other model before.

At the end of the successful User Day event, MESSRING used this example to reveal once again in an impressive way how the leading manufacturer of crash test facilities will apply its expertise in the area of active safety systems as well as demonstrate the degree of innovation that the medium-sized company already dedicates to active safety testing.

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