Safety of Commercial Vehicles


Freight transport has increased by more than 50 % within 15 years. An end of this trend is not foreseeable. Forecasts predict that a further increase of up to 80 % over the next 10 years will occur. Accompanied by this, vehicle safety in commercial vehicles has been increasingly coming into focus for several years and initial successes have already been achieved. For example, the number of accident victims of heavy commercial vehicle accidents has fallen by around 35 % since the turn of the millennium. Current adjustments in UN Regulations and European legislation on active and passive commercial vehicle safety also go hand in hand with development requirements that go far beyond the previous level. An important step towards improving active safety is, for example, the adoption of UN regulations UN R130 and UN R131, which have introduced the introduction of Advanced Emergency Braking Systems (AEBS) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW) since 1 November 2015 for all heavy commercial vehicles. Both systems have great potential for avoiding frontal collisions, accidents with oncoming traffic and rollover accidents or at least for reducing the consequences of accidents. Activities are currently underway to further tighten the UN R131 and to introduce a regulation on Blind Spot Information Systems (Turning assistance). However, the design of direct and indirect fields of vision (e.g. also via cameras), the cab structure, load securing and underride protection systems are still of major importance with regard to commercial vehicle safety. In this context, among other things, the regulation UN R29 on the crash behavior of the cab structure and the UN R58.03 on the rear underrun protection are of central importance.


The seminar is focused on specialists and experts from the passenger car and commercial vehicle sector, engineers and technicians from calculation and testing, project engineers and managers, who want to get an overview of the requirements and technological solutions for the development of safety-relevant systems for commercial vehicles and the resulting conclusions to provide compatibility with other road users.


In this seminar you will get an overview of the requirements and regulations of different vehicle classes and types in the commercial vehicle sector. There is a consideration of today ' s legal requirements in the areas of passive and in particular active vehicle safety. Based on the requirement profile, the current state-of-the-art as well as current trends are shown.


  • Requirements for commercial vehicle development
    • Vehicle classes and types for commercial vehicles
    • Design of heavy commercial vehicles
    • Drivers in the development of commercial vehicles
  • Measures for passive safety
    • Overview of regulations and test methods for passive commercial vehicle safety
    • Effects of the regulations on vehicle design
    • Technological feasibility
    • Protection potential and limits of passive safety measures
  • Measures for active safety
    • Overview of regulations and test methods for active commercial vehicle safety
    • Effects of the regulations on vehicle design
    • Technological feasibility
    • Protection potential and limits of active safety measures
  • Development strategies
    • Energy management
    • Structural design for passive safety
    • Compatibility considerations
    • Solution approaches for conflicting objectives
    • Simulation of driving sequences in active safety

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Harald Bachem
Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences

Bachem Professor Harald Bachem has been in charge of teaching and research in vehicle safety at the Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences since 2011. Prior to joining the university he held various management positions in industry where he was in charge of development and testing of vehicle safety functions. His last management position was head of cab body development at MAN Truck & Bus AG. Prof. Bachem is chairman of the Wolfsburg Institute for Research, Development and Technology Transfer e. V.




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