Life-saving technologies in vehicles become mandatory

Safety features such as intelligent speed assistance and advanced emergency-braking system will have to be installed in all new vehicles as from May 2022, according to the new rules voted by EP on Tuesday. “This law is paving the way to save thousands of lives in the coming years. Our focus was always on the safety of road users, especially vulnerable ones”, Roza Thun (EPP, PL), who steered the legislation through Parliament, said.

The advanced systems that will have to be fitted in all new vehicles are intelligent speed assistance, alcohol interlock installation facilitation, driver drowsiness and attention warning, advanced driver distraction warning, emergency stop signal, reversing detection and even a black box. For passenger cars and light commercial vehicles, it will also be mandatory to have an emergency braking system (already compulsory for lorries and buses), as well as an emergency lane-keeping system.

The intelligent speed assistance (ISA) system could reduce fatalities on EU roads by 20%, according to estimates. “ISA will provide a driver with feedback, based on maps and road sign observation, always when the speed limit is exceeded. We do not introduce a speed limiter, but an intelligent system that will make drivers fully aware when they are speeding”, Thun pointed out. Most of these technologies and systems are due to become mandatory for existing models from May 2024 as well.

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