Sources say all new cars will be fitted with special devices from 2022, in order to automatically make them keep to the speed limit under EU rules.
The plans could help save more than 25,000 lives All new cars are to be fitted with special devices from 2022 to automatically make them keep to the speed limit under EU rules.
Intelligent speed assistance (ISA), advanced emergency braking and lane-keeping assistance are among a range of safety measures which have been given approval by the European Commission.
According to Elzbieta Bienkowska, an EU Commissioner, every year 25,000 people lose their lives on EU roads. It has been established that the vast majority of these accidents are caused by human error.
Safety features for European cars, vans, trucks and buses include technology which provides intelligent speed assistance, a warning of driver drowsiness and distraction, such as when using a smartphone while driving, and a data recorder in case of an accident.
The new safety features will become mandatory from 2022, with the exception of direct vision for trucks and buses and an enlarged head impact zone on cars and vans; these are set to be introduced at a later date as they will involve structural design changes.
The commission expects the plans could help save more than 25,000 lives and avoid at least 140,000 serious injuries by 2038.
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