All cars entering the European market from 2022 must be equipped with a whole range of advanced safety features. Manufacturers are required to install an intelligent speed assistant, an alcohol lock, emergency braking systems, improved seat belts and an aid to stay in the lane as standard in new models.

A camera or sensor must make reversing safer. A data recorder in the event of an accident is also required, as well as a warning system that detects sleepiness and smartphone use by the driver.

Many of the gadgets are also mandatory for new vans, trucks and buses. Trucks get systems to alert drivers to pedestrians, and cyclists and the “blind spot” must disappear.

Negotiators from the European Parliament and the Member States have reached a political agreement on this. According to the European Commission, the measures will lead to 25,000 fewer road deaths by 2038 and at least 140,000 fewer victims with serious injuries.

Nine out of ten traffic accidents are due to human errors. “We can and must change this,” said EU Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska (Industry).

“With the new advanced safety functions that become mandatory, we can have the same impact as when the seat belts were first introduced.”

The European Transport Safety Advisory Board (ETSC) is satisfied.

“A major leap forward for road safety in Europe,” says director Antonio Avenoso.

After formal approval, the legislation will take effect three years later.

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