President Juncker set out a goal for the EU and its industries to become a world leader in innovation, digitisation and decarbonisation In his State of the Union address of September 2017. Building on the previous ‘Europe on the Move‘ of May and November 2017, the Juncker Commission is putting forward a third and final set of measures to make this a reality in the mobility sector.
The objective is to allow all Europeans to benefit from safer traffic, less polluting vehicles and more advanced technological solutions, while supporting the competitiveness of the EU industry. The initiatives include an integrated policy for the future of road safety with measures for vehicles and infrastructure safety; the first ever CO2 standards for heavy-duty vehicles; a strategic Action Plan for the development and manufacturing of batteries in Europe and a forward-looking strategy on connected and automated mobility. With this third ‘Europe on the Move’, the Commission is completing its ambitious agenda for the modernisation of mobility.
The EU’s long-term goal of moving close to zero fatalities and serious injuries is by 2050. But the Commission is proposing that within 3 years all new models introduced on the market must have 11 advanced safety features:
Advanced emergency braking
Alcohol interlock installation facilitation
Drowsiness and attention detection
Event (accident) data recorder
Emergency stop signal
Full-width frontal occupant protection crash test and improved seatbelts
Head impact zone enlargement for pedestrians and cyclists, as well as safety glass
Intelligent speed assistance
Lane keeping assist
Pole side impact occupant protection
Reversing camera or detection system
Such features offer significant potential to compensate for human errors, a major factor in most road accidents. In addition, the current gaps in the legislation, essentially exempting certain SUVs and vans from mandatory crash tests, will be lifted to make sure that there is no differentiation between certain vehicle categories. It is expected that these measures will save 7,300 lives and avoid 38,900 serious injuries over the period 2020-2030.
With this initiatives, the Commission aims to ensure a smooth transition towards a mobility system which is safe, clean and connected and automated. Through these measures, the Commission is also shaping an environment allowing EU companies to manufacture the best, cleanest and most competitive products.
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Or see the European Commission’s Europe on the Move: Questions & Answers on the Commission’s initiatives here www.europa.eu