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Safety of the future

Unmatched safety for drivers, co-drivers and other road users


Unequalled safety

Road safety is a top priority in city distribution. That is why the New Generation DAF XD features a low cab position, a large windscreen and ultra-low belt lines, setting new standards in direct and indirect view, supported by state-of-the-art technologies such as the DAF Digital Vision System and the unique DAF Corner View. In addition, the completely new, robust cab structure, the suite of driver assistance systems and the class-leading ergonomics make the New Generation DAF XD the new industry leader in the distribution class when it comes to safety.


Exceptional direct and indirect view

Excellent direct view on the road is everything. Optimal indirect view is surely as important. Especially when urban roads are crowded and full of unprotected and unpredictable road users and sprinkled with objects like bollards, bicycle racks, fire hydrants and poles.


Meeting London Direct Vision Standard’s 5 star rating

No city in the world seems to be more determined to reduce the number of accidents between commercial vehicles and vulnerable road users than London does, reflected by the strict London Direct Vision Standard (DVS).

Although meeting the continuously tightening regulations is challenging for all manufacturers of especially medium and heavy-duty trucks, DAF fully supports the aim of the DVS: maximize the direct view from the driver position to boost road safety.

When equipped with the unique DAF Vision Door and DAF Corner View camera system, the New Generation DAF XD distribution trucks touches the maximum achievable 5 stars in the DVS. This illustrates the unique market position of the XD when it comes to direct view.


Hands on the wheel, eyes on the road

Especially in urban transport, a safe driver is a driver that can keeps his or her eyes on the road to be on the alert for vulnerable road users like pedestrians and cyclists. That’s why DAF’s philosophy ‘Hands on the Wheel, Eyes on the Road’ also applies to the New Generation XD.


Primary driving functions are all operated from the steering wheel or column stalks. From engaging functions directly related to driving, to the operation of the digital display menu, from controlling the TraXon to the operation of audio and phone, everything is at the driver’s fingertips.

Secondary driving functions can be operated from physical switches on the ergonomically laid out dashboard.


Smart active safety features

The New Generation DAF includes a whole range of functions to maximise active safety. These include Brake Assist, Lane Departure Warning System, Emergency Brake Lights and DAF Turn Assist. We’ve also added new features like the DAF Electronic Park Brake for smart park brake control, a Low Speed Trailer Brake for safe trailer coupling and uncoupling, and Park Brake Assist for additional park braking power which helps out in a multitude of situations.


Extremely strong, robust cab structure

The New Generation DAF trucks have a completely new and extremely strong, robust cab structure that protects against impact on all sides. At the front, energy-absorbing crash boxes are integrated for maximum protection. Crash zones in the back of the cab protect against moving loads, keeping the working place of driver safe. The roof has been reinforced to maximally protect the cab occupants in case of a roll over.

ProCaDis Safety System

DAF’s unique and patented Programmed Cab Displacement System (ProCaDis) is allowing a 400 millimeters XD cab displacement on the chassis during a front collision, to absorb the energy and prevent the cab from detaching. As a result, ProCaDis maintains the cab structure and maximizes the survival space for vehicle occupants.

CoDeS Safety System

DAF’s Controlled Steering Column Deformation System (CoDeS) ensures that the steering wheel moves away from the driver, for instance in the case of a trailer-back collision. The driver's knees are protected by impact absorbing zones in the dashboard of the New Generation XD.