2. Automotive Safety Evolution

  1. Luca Delgrossi1 and
  2. Tao Zhang2

Published Online: 13 SEP 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118452189.ch2

Vehicle Safety Communications: Protocols, Security, and Privacy

Vehicle Safety Communications: Protocols, Security, and Privacy

How to Cite

Delgrossi, L. and Zhang, T. (2012) Automotive Safety Evolution, in Vehicle Safety Communications: Protocols, Security, and Privacy, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781118452189.ch2

Author Information

  1. 1

    Mercedes-Benz R&D North America, Inc., USA

  2. 2

    Cisco Systems, Inc., USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 SEP 2012
  2. Published Print: 5 OCT 2012

Book Series:

  1. Wiley Series on Information and Communication Technology

Book Series Editors:

  1. T. Russell Hsing and
  2. Vincent K. N. Lau

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118132722

Online ISBN: 9781118452189



  • active safety;
  • air bags;
  • antilock braking system (ABS);
  • automotive safety;
  • electronic stability control (ESC);
  • passive safety;
  • safety cage;
  • seat belts


Passive safety features are built into vehicles to minimize driver and passenger harm during a crash. Groundbreaking passive safety features include seat belts and air bags. The introduction of the first safety cage, invented by Mercedes-Benz engineer Béla Barényi shortly after World War II, marked the birth of passive safety. While passive safety systems have proven to be invaluable assets in automotive safety, they seem to have reached their potentials. Over time it has become evident that further significant advances in vehicle safety could be achieved through electronic systems and active safety systems. Antilock braking system (ABS) is a critical component of many other active safety systems in automobiles. For instance, electronic stability control (ESC) systems add steering and gyroscopic elements to ABS to assist the driver in steering maneuvers during dangerous braking situations.

Controlled Vocabulary Terms

automotive engineering; belts; braking; inflatable structures; road safety