The European Commission has announced a new set of safety rules which will see all new cars feature autonomous emergency braking, lane keeping assistance, reversing cameras, driver fatigue detection by 2021.
A total of 11 systems will become mandatory for new cars introduced to the market, saving an estimated 7,300 lives and preventing 38,900 serious injuries between 2020 and 2030.
Experts have long been predicting autonomous emergency braking (AEB) to be made mandatory on new cars.
The system, which automatically applies a car’s brakes if a driver fails to slow for an obstacle, is thought to reduce rear-end collisions by 38 per cent.
From 2021 new cars must also feature ‘over-ridable intelligent speed assistance’.
This system uses traffic sign recognition cameras to control the car’s speed limiter, automatically setting a car’s upper speed based on prevailing limits.
New cars will also have to be fitted with accident data recorders by 2021, logging telematics information following any collision.
Mandatory ADAS to be fitted to all new cars
- Advanced emergency braking
- Alcohol interlock installation facilitation
- Drowsiness and attention detection
- Event (accident) data recorder
- Emergency stop signal
- Full-width frontal occupant protection crash test, plus improved seatbelts
- Head impact zone enlargement for pedestrians and cyclists, plus safety glass
- Intelligent speed assistance
- Lane-keeping assist
- Pole side-impact occupant protection
- Reversing camera or detection system
Joshua Harris, campaigns director at road safety charity Brake, said: “These technologies are proven to save lives, so this announcement should be warmly welcomed by all who are truly committed to improving road safety.
“Drivers want their vehicles to be safe, but the reality is they rarely opt to spend more on safety features as optional extras.
“This decision puts the onus for safety back on the car manufacturers and in one swoop, will dramatically improve the safety of our roads forever.”
The news prompts fresh questions about the service and maintenance of advanced driver assist systems.
According to experts, many independent garages remain unaware about how ADAS is already affecting the work they carry out in their workshop.
Speaking previously to GWTV, Neil Hilton of HELLA GUTMANN SOLUTIONS warns that technicians are putting themselves at risk if they’re unaware of ADAS.
He said: “A lot of people in the aftermarket are unaware that a lot of these systems are already being fitted to cars today.
“If somebody changes a swinging arm on a vehicle or they change two rear spring, they may not expect that that would affect ADAS calibration but it does because the vehicle’s geometry has changed.”
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