Currently reading: European Commission targets new mandatory safety equipment
Report outlines 19 new measures that could become compulsory on all new cars
Jimi Beckwith
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2 mins read
21 December 2016

The European Commission has targeted 19 technologies it wishes to be mandatory on new cars, in order to reduce the number of road fatalities to fewer than 15,000 per year by 2020.

Autonomous emergency braking and lane departure warning systems are at the top of the Commission’s mandatory wish list, as it aims to move the car safety priority from mitigating the outcome of a crash to endeavouring to avoid it altogether. Lane keep assist and automatic emergency braking systems are already mandatory on buses and HGVs under European law. A slew of safety measures are also targeted for these.

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The number of fatalities recorded on European roads was 26,120 in 2015, having decreased from 35,360 in 2009 and 76,650 in 1990. Despite the large overall decrease, the numbers are falling more slowly as time passes, leading the commission to become more active in its pursuit of mandatory safety features.

The increased demand for SUVs is addressed in the report, which states that safety measures need to be looked at given ‘the proliferation of SUVs with higher centres of gravity, higher masses and aggressive front-end design’.

Also proposed by the Commission is the introduction of brake lights which flash when the car is performing an emergency braking manoeuvre, as well as seat belt reminders and tyre pressure monitoring among the list of passive safety measures.

Read more: Toyota Prius receives first NCAP autonomous braking safety rating

The Commission aims to have intelligent speed adaption, lane keep assistance and driver drowsiness and distraction monitoring mandatory within the next five years too, among the active safety measures it has planned. It's the first time autonomous systems have been considered for mandatory fit, and to many will represent the first legislative step on the path to autonomy. 

Vulnerable road users, such as children and the elderly, as well as more commonly injured users like cyclists, are to be given special consideration under the new safety measures, with the latter already under action in London, as the city moves to ban ‘Blind spot lorries’

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catnip 22 December 2016

I am concerned that some of

I am concerned that some of this additional safety equipment does encourage some road users to concentrate even less, thinking that their vehicle will always get them out of dangerous situations. These features should be an addition to the drivers awareness, not replace it: Worryingly, one of the journalists on a rival mag complained that the blind spot monitoring on his long term test vehicle could not be relied on 100% meaning that he had to still check for himself..... And, as has been mentioned, the distractions inside the car from 'fashionable' touchscreens seem to fly in the face of basic driver ergonomics and ease of use, but this sort of thing never gets a mention.
Andrew 61 21 December 2016

How much saftey tech do we need,

when driving at 20 MPH. The cost of buying a new car is increased every time one of these good ideas is added. What advantage is a lane departure system when sitting in a jam on the M6.
Walking 21 December 2016

Should have stopped after 2 words

I'm all for new technology that works but why are we reporting on European commission? Is it any more relevant than the latest Timbuktu safety policy. Aren't we leaving the EU!
scrap 21 December 2016

Walking wrote:

Walking wrote:

I'm all for new technology that works but why are we reporting on European commission? Is it any more relevant than the latest Timbuktu safety policy. Aren't we leaving the EU!

You're right! Brexit means Brexit! Just one question - how do you expect to sell cars in the EU if you don't meet their rules? The reality of the situation is that all cars made in U.K. will continue to be made to EU regulations - it's just that we won't have any say in them.

armstrm 21 December 2016

scrap wrote:

scrap wrote:
Walking wrote:

I'm all for new technology that works but why are we reporting on European commission? Is it any more relevant than the latest Timbuktu safety policy. Aren't we leaving the EU!

You're right! Brexit means Brexit! Just one question - how do you expect to sell cars in the EU if you don't meet their rules? The reality of the situation is that all cars made in U.K. will continue to be made to EU regulations - it's just that we won't have any say in them.

Do we get much say in them anyway? How many of these rules have we managed to influence?

giulivo 22 December 2016

scrap wrote:

scrap wrote:
Walking wrote:

I'm all for new technology that works but why are we reporting on European commission? Is it any more relevant than the latest Timbuktu safety policy. Aren't we leaving the EU!

You're right! Brexit means Brexit! Just one question - how do you expect to sell cars in the EU if you don't meet their rules? The reality of the situation is that all cars made in U.K. will continue to be made to EU regulations - it's just that we won't have any say in them.

and the fact that they will have to be built with the steering Wheel on the correct side

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