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Based on many years of accident research, MAN is working to continuously improve the safety of its vehicles. Driver assistance systems increase road safety and reduce fuel consumption at the same time. MAN’s industry-specific training sessions teach drivers from around the world how to adopt a prudent driving style in order to avoid road traffic risks. Occupational health and safety for employees is also being enhanced and improved. Moreover, new generations of electric vehicles create new occupational safety challenges — for example for employees working with batteries and high voltages. The steady drop in the accident rate is testimony to MAN’s excellent position in this area.

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Driver training
Training for
safety on the road
Trainings
for safety
on the road

Responsibility for safe driving lies first and foremost with driver himself. The high-quality MAN Profi Drive training sessions can help them to tailor their driving behavior to suit both the vehicle concerned and conditions on the road — helping not only to improve road safety but also to cut costs. After all, drivers who are in perfect control of their vehicle, with all of its assistance and safety systems, not only drive more safely, but also use less fuel. This also helps to reduce the costs associated with wear and tear.

One special training session that we offer is the MAN Connected CoDriver course. Drivers undergo training in the course of their day-to-day work while driving.

Our MAN trainer calls the driver in the driver's cab via the hands-free system at an agreed time and offers clear and specific tips on how to drive more economically and safely. Based on this information, our trainer analyses the performance data of the driver and vehicle, allowing drivers to benefit from customized recommendations that help them to make their driving style more efficient and safe. This makes the MAN Connected CoDriver training session both a preventive measure to help prevent accidents by promoting forward-looking and safe driving as well as a training measure that helps drivers to adopt a more environmentally friendly and economical style of driving.

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Assistance systems
Technical
assistance at work
Technical
assistance
at work

Numerous MAN assistance systems help to increase road safety. They provide support in day-to-day working life — be it in long-haul transportation, on construction sites, or on inner-city journeys. One example is the MAN AttentionGuard. It detects the first signs of reduced attention or noticeable changes in steering behavior — particularly violations of lane boundaries — and warns the driver before a dangerous situation can arise. MAN’s lane guard systems also make a key contribution to safety on the road. They can even automatically steer the vehicle back into the correct lane.

Platooning is another area in which MAN’s assistance systems show just how reliable they are in use. Platooning involves two or more trucks following each other in close proximity with the aid of driver assistance systems, steering technology, and vehicle-to-vehicle communication.

Platooning technology is primarily based on proven assistance systems that are already successfully used in standard MAN vehicles. These include the ACC adaptive cruise control, EBA emergency braking system, serial radar, and a serial camera.

The lead vehicle dictates the speed and the direction and the resulting “slipstreaming effect” can help to achieve fuel savings, depending on vehicle model and convoy length, for the platoon as a whole. DB Schenker, MAN, and Hochschule Fresenius University of Applied Sciences tested the automated platoons under real conditions on the A9 highway over a period spanning several months. The drivers praised the driving comfort and increased sense of safety. In addition, the pilot project demonstrated a 3 to 4% reduction in fuel consumption.

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Occupational health and safety management
Occupational
health and safety management
The changing face
of occupational
safety and health
The changing face
of occupational
safety and health

Another key factor in occupational health and safety at MAN is the rapidly changing product portfolio. New generations of electric vehicles also create new occupational safety challenges — for example for employees working with batteries and high voltages. Our occupational safety management is part of our integrated management system. The OHSAS 18001 certified management systems at our sites help to continuously improve the safety and health of our workforce. A total of 13 of our sites have been awarded the certificate for health and safety at work. The drop in the accident rate witnessed in recent years highlights just how effective MAN’s systematic approach to occupational safety is. Recognition of our performance has come from outside the company, too: in the most recent assessment conducted by the sustainability rating agency ISS ESG, MAN achieved aboveaverage ratings compared to its industry peer group — also in the area of health and safety.

In addition to preventive measures to counteract physical illnesses, MAN also assesses possible dangers to mental health in the workplace. With the support of an external consultant, the occupational health management system at the Munich plant was analyzed in 2018, resulting in corresponding focal points being defined. The focus in 2019 was on ergonomics, corporate reintegration management, and the assessment of dangers to mental health.

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