Focus on active safety systems to achieve most tangible results, ACEA advises European Commission

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With the European Commission planning to publish its proposal on the revision of the General Safety Regulation this May, ACEA, the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association says the focus should be on the most effective vehicle safety measures with the strongest positive impact.

While much has been done over the past decades in improving passive safety systems, developments in active safety such as autonomous braking systems and lane departure warnings have progressed significantly in recent years. ACEA says the focus should be on such technology, and that it is open to making such safety systems a requirement fitment on all new cars.

“It goes without saying that our industry is a strong supporter of further reducing road causalities,” stated ACEA Secretary General, Erik Jonnaert. “We therefore welcome the initiative to revise the safety regulations.”

“What is needed is an EU road safety policy that prioritises measures which deliver the most optimal results, while also being the most cost-effective,” stated Mr Jonnaert. “EU auto makers want to invest in the most effective solutions. We are therefore calling for detailed cost-benefit analyses and proper impact assessments for all measures under consideration.”

ACEA adds that to achieve the full potential of such safety measures, an integrated approach is needed as well – examining the benefits that can be achieved by combining new technology with improving road infrastructure and driver behaviour.

It adds that passive safety measures will have fewer benefits than active safety measures and may have negative impacts, such as increasing CO2 emissions. Safety will also be further improved by the introduction of autonomous driving features, but the successful roll-out of this technology will require a coherent approach across all services within the European Commission, as well as the member states.

ACEA’s full Position Paper can be viewed here.