The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) is calling for governments and policymakers to take heed of incoming changes to European vehicle safety regulations.
An update to the European Union’s General Safety Regulation will be voted on in Brussels on Thursday (February 21st).
New technologies need policy support
Changes to existing safety regulations are set to include a provision that all new vehicles incorporate some form of autonomous emergency braking system. Moreover, the introduction of new ways to monitor driver drowsiness and attention to the road are also to be included.
As a result, the ACEA believes policymakers across Europe must bring to bear their own powers to support these new innovations moving forward. Doing so, the body argues, will help to save countless lives in the coming years.
ACEA secretary general Erik Jonnaert stated: “While we believe in the huge potential of vehicle safety technology, by itself it will never suffice.
“We are therefore calling on policymakers to adopt a truly integrated approach to road safety; combining new vehicle technology with better road infrastructure and safer driver behaviour.”
Mr Jonnaert added that a focus on technologies in vehicle safety which have the potential to provide the greatest impact on fatality statistics is essential. For this reason, the design of cars, roads and all supporting infrastructure should come under scrutiny for areas of possible improvement.
Jenny Smith, general manager for Tele-Gence, commented: “Vehicle safety should always be a top priority for manufacturers, motorists and governments alike. Supporting the use of new technologies in this area should therefore be a simple sell to policymakers.”
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