Research from the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) reveals that thousands of lives will be saved on roads across the UK and Europe by the next generation of safety measures.
The organisation, which offers consultancy and research to the public and private sector, has been working alongside the European Commission for the last five years to assess how feasible new safety measures are, collaborating with the car manufacturing industry, NGOs, governments and other safety organisations.
It comes after the Members of the European Parliament’s Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) approved a raft of vehicle safety standards that were developed by TRL; it marks what has been described as a “historic moment” along the regulatory journey for vehicle automation.
TRL has also rigorously analysed active and passive safety measures, which have resulted in the incorporation of 17 measures that will work alongside each other.
The organisation has worked vigorously to combine delivery of significant societal benefits with helping the EU industry to remain competitive in regards to the challenges of developing automated vehicles, due to including measures to address Driver Distraction, Speeding and Vulnerable Road User protection.
Matthias Seidl, Senior Researcher for Vehicle Safety & Regulation at TRL, said the measures will provide protection and road safety to all users.
“The advanced safety measures for new vehicles will provide state-of-the-art protection to all road users.
“Intelligent Speed Assistance and Drowsiness and Distraction Recognition will support drivers in their ongoing tasks; Autonomous Emergency Braking and Emergency Lane Keeping will intervene in the most critical situations to avoid a crash; and improved crash tests will ensure that injuries of occupants as well as pedestrians and cyclists are minimised in the remaining collisions.”
The prospect of saving lives thanks to new standards and regulations is vital to the UK, with its growing number of vehicles and fleet operators on the roads.”