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Approaching the Vision of Accident-free Driving


The PROMETHEUS project is a perfect example of this problem-solving competence. It was launched in 1986 by the then Daimler-Benz AG and was carried on as a cooperative venture of several European motor manufacturers, electronics producers and suppliers, universities and institutes for eight years. The starting point for PROMETHEUS was a range of pressing traffic problems at the time. These were to be solved in an approach adopted by all the motor manufacturers involved, using the latest technologies, with the aim of safeguarding the competitiveness of the European motor industry in the long term through strengthening its competence in key fields.


The project was launched on October 1, 1986 and was carried on for eight years. The results were presented to the public in October 1994. PROMETHEUS had set itself the following sub-targets:


1) Increase in traffic safety
2) Improvement of environmental compatibility
3) Minimization of energy consumption
4) Enhancement of comfort


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