Just as seatbelts are a legal requirement on all cars and vans, now technology addressing accidents will be the latest lifesaving safety features fitted as standard.
Developments in the safety of our roads took a huge leap forward yesterday (Friday, 18th May, 2018), with a European Commission proposal to mandate the fitting of lifesaving technologies, in all new cars.
This proposal is part of the European Commission’s (EC) Third Mobility Package, which brings a set of measures with the objective of allowing all drivers to benefit from safer traffic, less polluting vehicles and more advanced technological solutions.
More importantly, this proposal is good news for drivers, as the onus of spending more on safety as an extra option, means that decision is pushed back onto the car manufacturers and in one swoop, as it’s now standard, it will dramatically improve the safety of our roads forever.
Know Your Safety features:
Advance Emergency Brake (AEB): Put simply, these systems start braking manoeuvres automatically if a collision is imminent and the driver is not taking any action to avoid the severity of frontal and side crashes. AEB is a lifesaving crash avoidance system that Thatcham Research has campaigned to be standard for the past five years. It has been found that cars with AEB have a 38 per cent reduction in real-world rear-end crashes. Thatcham Research has calculated that it has the potential to save 1,100 lives and more than 120,000 casualties over the next 10 years.
Lane Departure Warning (LDW) systems: Warns the driver if he leaves a marked lane without using his indicator.
Lane Keeping Assist Systems (LKAS): A synergy of the above, reducing driver distraction accidents by autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning as well as lane keeping assist systems. And, with the latest AEB systems it is now capable of identifying pedestrians and cyclists.
Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA): Addresses accidents caused by excessive speed. These work, based on information from road-sign recognition cameras and GPS-linked speed limit databases, intelligent speed assistance systems can prevent drivers from exceeding speed limits.
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC): As with AEB, ACC can use cameras, radar or lidar to determine the gap to the vehicle in front. Unlike normal cruise control, adaptive systems use the radar (or sometimes camera) to maintain a safe following distance, regardless of the speed set. Drivers that use ACC have been shown to have fewer collisions since it helps to condition the driver to maintain a safe distance to the car in front.
Blind Spot Indication System (BLIS): Stops drivers moving into the path of an overtaking vehicle that is hidden in the blind spot. It commonly uses radar, to sense the presence of another vehicle including motorcycles and will give a visual or audible warning – usually a light in the wing mirror or door pillar – to alert the driver. Some intervene by braking or steering back into lane. While only 3 per cent of motorway accidents involve one car pulling in front of another, at the high speeds of those roads the consequences can be disastrous.
Cyclist AEB: Vulnerable road users, including cyclists and pedestrians, account for 30 per cent of all fatalities or serious injuries across the EU each year. The smaller size and more erratic movement of cyclists compared with cars makes them harder for standard AEB systems to track. As with pedestrian AEB, cyclist detection systems use better sensors and algorithms to detect the presence of cyclists and respond to their movements. The performance of AEB systems in detecting cyclists is coming into Euro NCAP test protocols from 2018.
Driver Monitoring: Some systems can monitor and in turn warn the driver if they are distracted or have been inattentive for a prolonged period – and some which will pull the car over to the side of the road if the driver has not responded.
Rear Cross Traffic Alert: monitors an approaching vehicle from the side and warns the driver or applies the brakes to prevent them from reversing from a parking space into the path of another vehicle. 92 injuries occurred in 2016 as a direct result of reversing cars.
However, there are still many issues with infrastructure that the cars will need to use to make this technology work safely. There does need to be an integrated road safety strategy, to ensure that safe vehicles are driven by safe drivers on safe roads.
So, if you look after fleet cars, think about adding My Fleet Solutions, as a partner for your business on the road, with its FCS Vehicle Solutions. Brand manager James Wilson, knows all about the latest safety options that will soon become standard.
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