The issue of vehicle safety is never far from the SMMT’s agenda or this newsletter. As computer processing power and technology improves, it becomes ever more possible to monitor, inform and on occasion, intervene in the control of the vehicle.
The European Commission is currently in the process of a technical study to assess and develop performance requirements and test protocols for various vehicle safety measures – including accident avoidance, and collision protection for vehicle occupants, pedestrians, and cyclists. For commercial vehicles, safety is of utmost priority in development, as they are larger, and occupy more space on the road and are substantially heavier than cars.
There are twelve categories being examined, including Advanced Distraction Recognition & Driver Availability Monitoring. Interestingly most of the work for this is being undertaken by a British company.
When implemented, the new legislation will cover a swath of technical changes to vehicles over the next few years. In fact, some of the driver monitoring changes will take place for new types from next July.