"In recent years we have extensively expanded the Mercedes-Benz Technology Centre in Sindelfingen: Alongside the driving simulator, wind tunnels and the drive integration centre, the technology centre for vehicle safety went into operation very recently. This once again demonstrates that the heart of the automotive industry beats in Sindelfingen. To make sure that this remains so, Mercedes-Benz has reinforced Germany's status as a high-tech location with this investment in the future, while safeguarding the company's technology and innovation leadership in the premium segment."
Dr Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of Daimler AG and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Cars
"With the new TFS, Mercedes-Benz is once again asserting its commitment to the core brand value of 'safety', and to Germany as a location for innovation. The close integration of research, development, planning and production at the Sindelfingen site will ensure improvements in both efficiency and the speed of innovation."
Prof. Dr Thomas Weber, Member of the Daimler AG Board of Management for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development
"As a safety pioneer, Mercedes-Benz has played a key role in ensuring that crash tests have today become an established part of the global automotive industry. "They remain indispensable even in the age of computer simulations, and safeguard the high level of protection our vehicles provide for their occupants and other road users."
Thomas Merker, Director for Vehicle Body and Safety at Mercedes-Benz Cars Development
"Our aim with the new TFS was to develop an ultra-modern safety centre for the requirements of the coming decades. Apart from the challenges posed by new drive and vehicle concepts, analysis of the pre-accident phase and vehicle-to-vehicle crashes is becoming increasingly important. We have set new standards for the industry with the safety centre."
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rodolfo Schöneburg, Head of Vehicle Safety at Mercedes-Benz Cars
"The new TFS for the first time allows Mercedes-Benz also to carry out truck crash tests in an enclosed hall. The already highly sophisticated safety development process for Mercedes-Benz trucks is raised to another new level. We save lives with the findings obtained from these crash tests."
Prof. Dr Uwe Baake, Head of Product Development at Mercedes-Benz Trucks
"A project with the sheer scope of our technology centre requires special know-how. We ourselves acted as the general contractor, and involved numerous large and small specialist companies in the project. Our in-house personnel helped to develop the concept and realise the construction alongside their normal activities. Accordingly our entire know-how and practical knowledge has gone into the new TFS."
Prof. Norbert Schaub, Head of Testing for Passive Safety, Vehicle Functions and overall TFS project management
"The specifications for the TFS required more crash tests and shorter reconfiguration times. Thanks to numerous new developments, we have been able to improve the efficiency of our crash testing accordingly. These include e.g. two crash blocks each with four pre-configured impact sides, movable track dividers allowing simultaneous operation of several crash tracks, semi-automated vehicle measurement and much more."
Helmut Ruoff, Head of Test Engineering & Passive Safety Testing, Project Manager for Test Engineering and Operational Testing in the TFS