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Telematics cut speeding by 97% says UK fleet manager

Telematics cut speeding by 97% says UK fleet manager

The introduction of telematics systems in the vehicle fleet of Andrew Page, a distribution company with 900 vehicles, reduced speeding by 97% and crashes by 47% as well as reducing maintenance costs and improving fuel economy according to a report in the Financial Times newspaper. Take-up of telematics systems is increasing, with industry experts expecting them to be integral in all fleets within five and seven years’ time. Resistance amongst drivers may also be decreasing, according to the FT.  It cited a 2015 survey […]

Ford says Intelligent Speed Assistance proving popular

Ford says Intelligent Speed Assistance proving popular

Ford says 95% of customers are opting for its version of Intelligent Speed Assistance, known as Intelligent Speed Limiter, to be fitted on new Galaxy and S-Max models sold in Europe. The announcement was made at an ETSC event organised together with the Irish Road Safety Authority (RSA) in Dublin in April.  Ford says the technology will soon be available on a third model, the Edge four-wheel drive. A new report from the RSA launched at the conference revealed that between 2008 and 2012, […]

Automated vehicles need ‘driving tests’

Automated vehicles need ‘driving tests’

EU rules on safety approvals for new cars will need to be revised to include ‘driving tests’ for automated and fully-autonomous vehicles according to a new report from the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC). ETSC says the EU is far from answering the many research and regulatory questions that must be considered before automated and autonomous vehicles can be put on sale. The report says the priority must be ensuring that the promised safety benefits are delivered in real world driving. One challenge will […]

Opinion: 100 issues later, what’s changed since the first edition of ETSC’s Safety Monitor?

Opinion: 100 issues later, what’s changed since the first edition of ETSC’s Safety Monitor?

Antonio Avenoso, Executive Director There was no email version, not even an email address to write to or website to check for updates. None of the articles were tweeted or shared on facebook as Mark Zuckerberg was only ten years old. Google was not yet a verb. Browsing through the first edition of ETSC’s Safety Monitor newsletter this week felt like examining a document from another age. It was published in December 1994, around eighteen months after ETSC was founded ‘in response to the […]

Euro NCAP says no progress on quadricycles

Euro NCAP says no progress on quadricycles

Small city cars classified as heavy quadricycles still have ‘fundamental’ safety problems according to Euro NCAP. The organisation says safety equipment is sparsely fitted to these vehicles and the results show little improvement since the last tests performed in 2014. The crash test results of the selected vehicles – Aixam Crossover GTR, Bajaj Qute, Chatenet CH30 and Microcar M.GO Family – show the standard of protection offered to the driver is still generally very low, leading to serious risks in collisions with other vehicles […]

Europe’s car safety framework needs ‘overhaul’

Europe’s car safety framework needs ‘overhaul’

Vehicle safety innovations are still benefitting too few road users in Europe due to an over-reliance on a voluntary testing programme rather than regulatory standards, according to a new report by ETSC. For almost twenty years, increases in levels of car safety in Europe have been driven mainly by the voluntary Euro NCAP programme which awards the safest cars with a 5-star rating. But according to new data, only around half of new vehicles sold in 2013 had been awarded 5 stars by Euro […]

Experts underline importance of Seatbelt Reminder Systems in new video

A new film from ETSC calls on the European Commission to require the fitting of Seatbelt Reminder Systems in all passenger seats in new cars when it reviews vehicle safety regulations later this year. The short video highlights the critical importance of seatbelt wearing to prevent serious injury and death and cites research showing that up to a quarter of rear seat passengers are still failing to belt up. Seatbelt Reminder Systems are already required on drivers’ seats thanks to the last update to […]

US police data analysis confirms effectiveness of automated emergency braking

US police data analysis confirms effectiveness of automated emergency braking

Vehicles equipped with automated emergency braking are much less likely to crash into the rear of other vehicles, the US-based Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has found in a study of the feature’s effectiveness using police-reported crash data. Systems with automatic braking reduce rear-end crashes by about 40 percent on average. The autobrake systems also greatly reduce injury crashes. “The success of front crash prevention represents a big step toward safer roads,” said David Zuby, IIHS chief research officer. “As this technology becomes more […]

Global NCAP accuses Renault of ‘serious misrepresentation’ of crash tests

Global NCAP accuses Renault of ‘serious misrepresentation’ of crash tests

Global NCAP, the international network of new car safety assessment programmes, has written to Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Renault after the company ran adverts in Uruguay for the Megane III misleadingly accompanied by a Euro NCAP five star rating. Renault sells a local version of the Megane III in Latin America that has not been tested by Euro NCAP or Latin NCAP. The company does not currently sell a vehicle in Latin America that has received a five star rating from Latin NCAP. In […]

Vehicle type approval shake-up announced

Vehicle type approval shake-up announced

In response to the dieselgate scandal, the European Commission last month proposed major changes to the oversight of the technical environmental and safety compliance checks new car models must undergo before being approved for sale on the European market. The proposal designed, in the Commission’s words, ‘to correct the flaws in the system’ has three stated aims: Reinforce the independence and quality of testing that allows a car to be placed on the market; Introduce an effective market surveillance system to control the conformity […]

Uber trials system for monitoring driver speed, acceleration and braking

Uber trials system for monitoring driver speed, acceleration and braking

The taxi service Uber has announced it is trialling technology to track the speed, acceleration and braking of its drivers using smartphone sensors. The company describes the process as designed to help verify complaints from passengers of poor driving but says it has broader plans to ensure drivers maintain appropriate speeds and are not distracted. The US-based company announced in November that it would create a permanent global safety advisory board to oversee the safety and personal security issues related to the service. ETSC […]

Two-thirds of UK drivers happy with Intelligent Speed Assistance tech

Two-thirds of UK drivers happy with Intelligent Speed Assistance tech

A survey for the UK road safety campaigners Brake has shown that 63% of drivers would be happy for Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA) technology to help prevent them speeding while driving. The survey found 32% of drivers are willing to have a mandatory ISA system that cannot be overridden, while a further 31% would be interested in an overridable form of the system. Several vehicles already on the market, including the Ford S-Max and Volvo XC-90, already have such a feature. Trials have predicted […]

WHO urges governments to require minimum vehicle safety standards

WHO urges governments to require minimum vehicle safety standards

The World Health Organisation (WHO) is calling on governments around the world to apply the UN’s most important vehicle safety regulations. In its 2015 Global Status Report on Road Safety (published 19 October) the WHO reveals “worrying data showing that less than half of countries implement minimum standards” and warns that “Governments have a responsibility to take the steps needed to ensure their citizens have access to safe vehicles”. Using seven priority vehicle safety standards recommended by Global NCAP, the WHO has carried out […]

Opinion: Has ISA’s time finally come?

Opinion: Has ISA’s time finally come?

Antonio Avenoso, Executive Director For years, speed has been recognised as one of the three main contributing factors to deaths on our roads. And for more than a decade, ETSC has been advocating the benefits of Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA), a driver assistance system that a 2014 Norwegian study found to be the ‘most effective’ in saving lives. We are optimistic that 2016 could prove to be a turning point in wide adoption of the technology. ISA uses a speed sign-recognition video camera and/or […]

Volkswagen announces third party audit of US safety compliance

Volkswagen announces third party audit of US safety compliance

The Volkswagen Group has said it will commission an outside audit of its compliance with US safety reporting laws following allegations by Bloomberg that it failed to report lawsuits involving safety issues to the US regulator. Bloomberg reviewed 13 random lawsuits filed against Volkswagen in the last 11 years. Volkswagen had reported nine of them to the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Four couldn’t be found in the database. They involved one death and three injuries described in lawsuits filed in 2007, […]

ISA-fitted cars start to hit showrooms

ISA-fitted cars start to hit showrooms

Cars fitted with fully-fledged Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA) systems are starting to arrive in showrooms. The latest version of Ford’s S-Max and Galaxy, and Volvo’s XC90 can come factory-fitted with camera and GPS-based systems that alert the driver to the current speed limit and help prevent him or her from exceeding it. The systems can be activated and deactivated by the driver using steering wheel controls in a similar way to existing manual speed limiter and cruise control systems. Both vehicles have been awarded […]

UN Road Safety Week 2015 – ‘Save Kids Lives’ – What the EU can do

UN Road Safety Week 2015 – ‘Save Kids Lives’ – What the EU can do

ETSC is pleased to support the third annual UN Global Road Safety Week which runs from 4-10 May. This year’s events and actions are all about highlighting the plight of children on the world’s roads and generating action to better ensure their safety. How safe are European roads for children? Last year ETSC published new research into children killed in cars in the EU showing that, in 2012, at least 319 child car occupants aged 0 to 14 were killed. Our soon-to-be published report […]

Commission report gives ‘green lights’ for mandatory fitting of new safety tech

Commission report gives ‘green lights’ for mandatory fitting of new safety tech

A major new study for the European Commission has identified a range of new vehicle safety technologies that are suitable for mandatory fitting as part of a review of EU vehicle safety legislation.  The report, carried out by consultants TRL, names technologies including Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA), Automated Emergency Braking (AEB) and seat belt reminder systems in passenger seats as ‘feasible in terms of the technology required’, already available on the market and offering a positive benefit-cost ratio. Plans already agreed by the EU […]

Millions of new cars worldwide fail UN safety standards

Millions of new cars worldwide fail UN safety standards

Millions of new cars sold in middle and low income countries fail to meet the UN’s basic safety standards for front and side impacts according to international automotive safety watchdog Global NCAP. Speaking last month at the UN in Geneva during the launch of its new policy report, Democratising Car Safety: Road Map for Safer Cars 2020, Global NCAP Chairman Max Mosley said: “Safety improvements stimulated by legislation and consumer awareness campaigns in high income economies that have saved hundreds of thousands of lives […]

Retrofitting reflective strips on older lorries could save 400 lives – report

Retrofitting reflective strips on older lorries could save 400 lives – report

A report by the Dutch Institute for Road Safety Research (SWOV) for 3M says retrofitting ‘contour markings’ – reflective strips on the edges of lorries – could prevent some 67,000 crashes, 2200 serious injuries and 420 deaths in Europe and the benefits would outweigh the costs overall. New and newly-licensed lorries must already be fitted with the markings in the EU. But the study investigated the benefits of retrofitting to existing older vehicles. See report (with summary in English) Disclosure: 3M is one of […]

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