European Commission targets new mandatory safety equipment

The European Commission has identified 19 technologies it wishes to be mandatory on new cars, in order to reduce the number of deaths on the roads to less than 15 000 per year by 2020.

Autonomous emergency braking and lane departure warning systems are at the head of the Commission is mandatory, list of wishes, it is intended to move the car to safety as the priority for mitigation as the result of a crash on the means to avoid it completely. Lane keep assist and automatic emergency braking systems are already required on buses and hgv, under Eu law. A slew of security measures are also the target of these.

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The number of deaths on European roads was 26,120 in 2015, after declining from 35,360 in 2009 and 76,650 in 1990. Despite the overall decline, the numbers fall more slowly as time goes on, leading the commission to become more active in its pursuit of the mandatory safety features.

The increase in the demand for Suvs is addressed in the report, which stated that security measures need to be looked at ” the proliferation of Suvs with higher centers of gravity, increased mass and aggressive front-end design’.

Also proposed by the Commission is the introduction of stop lights that would flash when the car is performing emergency braking, as well as reminders of seat belt and tire pressure monitoring among the list of measures of passive safety.

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The Commission has the objective of intelligent speed adaptation, lane keeping assistance and driver drowsiness and distraction monitoring required in the next five years also, from among the active safety measures, it was expected. This is the first time that autonomous systems have been considered mandatory for the adjustment, and many will be the first legislative step on the path of autonomy.

Vulnerable road users, such as children and the elderly, as well as, more generally injured users, such as cyclists, should be particularly taken into consideration under the new security measure, this last already, the title of the action in London, the city moves to the prohibition of ” the dead angle of trucks’.