Three years from now, it will be mandatory for all new vehicles in the EU to be fitted with the latest advanced safety technology. This includes emergency braking and lane-keeping systems for cars and pedestrian/cyclist-detection systems for trucks.
The European Commission also plans to help countries identify dangerous stretches of road. Brussels is investing €450 million to support these two initiatives, and it is hoped they will save up to 10,500 lives and avoid around 60,000 serious injuries between 2020 and 2030.
These plans are part of wider proposals to update Europe’s transport system. The plans cover road safety, battery cell production and connected mobility. The EU has a long-term goal to dramatically reduce fatalities and serious injuries by 2050. This includes a 50% reduction in the decade up to 2030.
Under the new rules, new vehicles will feature 11 advanced safety features including intelligent speed assistance and distracted-driver recognition. Following that, the EU plans to tackle issues surrounding human error – a major factor in most road accidents.
What do you think of these initiatives? Does the UK need to adapt them when they leave the EU?