EU: ‘safety technology to become mandatory in new cars’ (Update)
In the future, newly produced cars will have to be much safer. The Internal Market commission voted on Thursday for the mandatory integration of more safety systems in new cars. Goal is to halve the number of traffic victims on European roads.
Several safety systems
In 2017, 25.300 people were killed in a traffic accident, 135.000 seriously injured. A system like smart speed support should help drivers to drive at the right speed.
The European Union would also like to see other safety systems obligatory in new cars, like lane departure warning, alarming the driver when he’s distracted or getting sleepy.
Warning for pedestrians
A flashing red light at the back of the car would be useful to warn people driving behind that the vehicle in front of them is braking. A detection system when reversing could be helpful to warn the driver for objects or pedestrians at the back of the car.
The new regulations that still need to be discussed by the member states, are clearing the path for the self-driving car. The members of the European Parliament want people to get used to all those technologies by imposing them.
By the time the autonomous car is driving around, people should have faith in it.
There will be safety demands for trucks and buses too, mainly to avoid blind spot accidents.
Erik Jonnaert, secretary of the European manufacturers association (ACEA) has already reacted: “We welcome the willingness of MEPs to enter rapidly into inter-institutional negotiations on this legislation, which is key to further improving road safety”, he declared.
However, the car manufacturers are concerned about the proposed time between the entry into force of the regulation and the moment it applies. This should be aligned, they say, with product development time in a pragmatic way, allowing at least 36 months before application.
Jonnaert concludes: “Despite a three-fold increase in traffic, road safety in Europe has improved significantly in the last 30 years. Maintaining this trend is important for an industry that prides itself on designing, producing and selling safe vehicles in probably one of the most demanding markets in the world.”