The EU Proposes for Driver Monitoring in All New Cars

One year after announcing its long-term agenda for improving European mobility, the European Commission released a third package of initiatives. In this final set of legislative measures, driver monitoring is included as a key factor for increasing safety on European roads. 

In May, the European Commission publicized its third and final mobility package of road safety measures as part of the long-term initiative Europe on the Move. The initiative was presented by the European Commission in May 2017 and includes a set of eight legislative proposals, all with the purpose of modernizing European systems of transport and mobility.

The initiative was divided into three different packages of proposals, with the first and second being announced in May and November 2017 respectively. With this third mobility package, the European Commission has released its full long-term strategy to make European traffic safer, cleaner and more connected. 

The objective to increase road safety is to be attained through two approaches: by identifying and improving dangerous road sections and through the implementation of advanced safety features in all new models of vehicles. These safety features include driver monitoring systems in cars, vans, trucks and buses for detecting drowsiness and inattention, as well as preventing driver distraction. New car models are also suggested to be fitted with advanced emergency braking and intelligent speed assistance.

This combination of improved roads and advanced safety technology in vehicles could save up to 10 500 lives and avoid close to 60 000 injures in european traffic between 2020-2030. This would signify an important step towards the EU’s Vision Zero – the goal of seeing close to zero traffic-related fatalities and injuries by 2050.

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