Driving safety is a hot topic as of late. The media has been reporting extensively on the EU’s plans to introduce speed limiters to new cars. But this measure is only one of many that are planned. Here’s how the EU aims to improve driving safety…
Driving safety is complicated issue. There’s a significant debate around precisely have many accidents and fatalities are caused by speeding. What is clear is that speeding is dangerous. The European Union could put an end to it altogether, with speed limiters being introduced to new cars from 2022. However, these will be ‘soft’ limiters, meaning drivers will be able to override them by firmly pushing the accelerator. Whether ‘hard’ limiters will follow remains to be seen.
Alcohol interlocks basically make it impossible for someone over the legal limit to start their car. These are largely intended for previous offenders or those found to be at risk of drink driving. Breathalysers can be installed in the car and require a reading each time the engine is started. Additional tests can be required later on, to prevent drinking at a later time or someone stepping in for the driver.
Distraction And Drowsiness Detection
Distraction and drowsiness detectors sound advanced, but they’ve been available in some premium models for years. The EU, however, wants them to become more of a regular automotive feature. If a car notices its driver dozing off, it will use flashing lights and noises to alert them to the danger.
As most people are aware, aircraft use so-called ‘black boxes’ to store technical information. In the event of an accident or fault, they can provide crucial information in understanding what went wrong and why. The EU wants to install these in new cars for the same reasons.
Cameras And Parking Assistance
Whilst still a relatively premium feature, the EU wants reverse cameras and parking assistance as standard for cars from 2024. Interestingly enough, reverse cameras have been mandatory in the US for a while.
Tyre Pressure Monitoring
Drivers are advised to regularly check their tyre pressures. Many garages and manufacturers recommend checking them every fortnight. The problem? Most drivers don’t. The EU is aware of this driving safety issue and has decided on something more practical. From 2024, ALL new vehicles (including HGVS, trucks and vans) will come with tyre pressure monitoring systems that’ll notify drivers when their pressures are too low or too high.
Vulnerable Road User Protection
Drivers aren’t the only people using the roads, pedestrians and cyclists face their own risks. Larger vehicles, like coaches and buses, don’t typically offer their drivers the same field of view as smaller vehicles. As a result, the EU wants them fitted with cameras and sensors to help alert drivers to passing pedestrians and cyclists they may otherwise have missed.
Speed Limiters Could Be Mandatory In The EU Within Three Years: http://autoserve.co.uk/motoring-news/speed-limiters-could-be-mandatory-in-the-eu-within-three-years/
New Audi Technology Promises No More Red Lights: https://www.autoserveclub.co.uk/blog/new-audi-technology-promises-no-more-red-lights/