Technological progress through assistance systems or automated vehicle technologies undoubtedly offers the potential for greater safety. At the same time, the additional benefit of automated mobility is that it promotes the participation of people with physical or mental disabilities or people with age-related reduced capacity in social life. The fact that accidents can be avoided, or at least their consequences reduced, cannot be denied.
At the same time, however, it must be borne in mind that the complexity of the systems is increasing with the ever higher degree of automation and that people may only be able to control the technology to a limited extent. It is therefore all the more important to take into account the entire mobility system and the reciprocal dynamics of effects, but above all the reshaping of the driver's role in the human-machine-environment control loop. At the stages of assisted driving, technology should support the driver by providing information, warnings or mechanical control to help him master his driving task without placing an additional burden on him or limiting his responsibility. To do this, however, the driver must know how the driver assistance systems (DAS) and automation levels work – as well as their limits – and be committed to using them as intended. The DEKRA Road Safety Report 2023, entitled "Technology and People", addresses precisely this area of conflict and provides analyses as well as recommendations for action for safe mobility today and in the future.