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The European Commission has announced a new set of car safety features which are to be made compulsory for all new cars by 2021. This follows the news that there has been a 20% decrease in EU road fatalities since the turn of the decade.

There is a total of 11 car safety features which manufactures will have to equip all new cars within three years’ time. These are:

  • Autonomous emergency braking (AEB)
  • Lane keeping assistance
  • Drowsiness and attention/fatigue detection
  • Reversing camera/or detection system
  • Improved seat belts
  • Event (accident) data recorder
  • Safety glass in case of a crash, for head impacts with pedestrians and cyclists
  • Intelligent speed assistance
  • Alcohol interlock installation facilitation, (making it easier to fit alcohol interlocks to problem drink-drivers’ cars)
  • Emergency stop signal
  • Pole side impact occupant protection, (to protect occupants from side-on collisions)

It is believed that these new safety features could have a significant impact on the safety of EU roads, with estimations predicted to prevent 38,900 serious injuries and save 7,300 lives between 2020 and 2030.

Antonio Avenoso, Executive Director of the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC), is glad to hear the announcement of new, stricter safety rules, but has urged the EU to stay firm with their new regulations: “Road traffic injury is still the number one killer of young people across the continent so these essential measures cannot come soon enough.

“It is absolutely crucial that EU Member States and the European Parliament give their backing to the plans and that they do not give in to pressure from car manufacturers, who are already attempting to weaken parts of the vehicle safety proposal.”

The EU had been aiming to half the number of road fatalities from 2010 before 2020, but they have now revised this target, and are instead aiming to half both the number of road deaths and serious injuries on EU roads by 2030.

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