Mercedes’ Dr. Rodolfo Schöneburg receives
U.S. Government Award for Safety Engineering Excellence
The US transport safety authority, has
awarded the U.S. Government Award for Safety Engineering
Excellence to Dr. Rodolfo Schöneburg, Head of Passenger Car
Safety Development at Mercedes-Benz. This award marks the US
government's recognition of the outstanding contribution which
this Mercedes engineer has made to the field of automotive
Dr. Schöneburg (born on October 30,
1959) received his doctorate from the Technical University of
Berlin. He has been Head of the Mercedes-Benz Safety/Vehicle
Functions section since April 1999. It was under his direction
that the series-production debut of the PRE-SAFE® anticipatory
occupant protection system in 2002 marked the start of a new era
of vehicle safety at Mercedes-Benz.
The system can identify hazardous
situations at an early stage and take precautionary measures to
prepare the vehicle occupants for a potential accident. The U.S.
Government Award is bestowed every two years on the occasion of
the Technical Conference on the Enhanced Safety of Vehicles (ESV).
The world's largest automotive safety conference, this year's
ESV gathering in Lyon was attended by some 1000 engineers,
politicians and representatives of authorities who discussed
measures and technologies designed to bring further improvements
in road safety.