Automation

Hype around automated cars is dangerously confusing drivers says Euro NCAP

Hype around automated cars is dangerously confusing drivers says Euro NCAP

One in 10 drivers would be tempted to have a nap while using a so-called ‘Highway Assist’ system, such as Adaptive Cruise Control, according to new research published this month alongside new Euro NCAP tests of cars featuring advanced driver assistance systems.  In a separate briefing, also published this month, ETSC has called on the European Commission to set out plans for addressing the risks of driver over-reliance on automated systems and reiterated that there needs to be much more transparency around the approval […]

16 October 2018 – Is Automation the Future of Vehicle Safety? ETSC’s 25th Anniversary Debate

Is Automation the Future of Vehicle Safety? ETSC’s 25th Anniversary Debate Tuesday 16 October 2018, 18:30 #ETSC25

Briefing: EU Strategy for Automated Mobility

Briefing: EU Strategy for Automated Mobility

On 17 May 2018 the European Commission adopted a strategy paper on automated driving . The paper was published as part of the EC’s third mobility package, which also includes new vehicle safety standards, updated rules on road infrastructure safety management and a strategic action plan on road safety. This short briefing reflects ETSC’s first analysis of the paper with suggestions for areas that need further development. ETSC warmly welcomes, and fully agree with the Commission’s acknowledgement that when it comes to automated mobility, “only […]

UK insurers announce grading scheme for driver assistance systems

UK insurers announce grading scheme for driver assistance systems

Thatcham Research and the ABI (Association of British Insurers) have called on carmakers and legislators for greater clarity around the capability of vehicles sold with driver assistance and automated driving technologies. The call comes in the wake of growing reports of people crashing whilst over-relying on technology which is not yet designed to drive the car independently. The risks to drivers have been outlined in the new ‘Assisted and Automated Driving Definition and Assessment’ paper, which has identified dangerous grey areas associated with some […]

ETSC raises questions over driver understanding of lane change systems

ETSC raises questions over driver understanding of lane change systems

ETSC has written to the European Commission for the second time this year regarding concerns over the safety and approval process for new driver assist systems including lane change systems. Earlier this year, new rules on the functionality of lane change assist systems were agreed at the UNECE in Geneva.  The rules could be integrated within EU law within a few months, meaning car manufacturers will be able to “type approve” vehicles fitted with such a system for sale across the EU. Such systems […]

OECD report on automation challenges belief that self-driving vehicles will wipe out 90% of road crashes

OECD report on automation challenges belief that self-driving vehicles will wipe out 90% of road crashes

A new report by the International Transport Forum of the OECD examines how increasing automation of cars and trucks could affect road safety, and which security vulnerabilities will need to be addressed with the rise of self-driving vehicles. It applies the principles of the Safe System approach and relevance of Vision Zero for road safety to the wider discussion on vehicle automation. The report addresses a critical misunderstanding of road safety crash data that has led to an oft-repeated myth about automated cars – […]

Letter: Safety Concerns over Driver Overreliance on Lane Change Assist Systems

Letter: Safety Concerns over Driver Overreliance on Lane Change Assist Systems

Earlier this year, technical requirements for “lane change assist” systems were finalised at UNECE level in Geneva. These rules are expected to be integrated into EU law within a few months, which would enable manufacturers to sell cars fitted with such systems on the European market. According to the agreed UNECE requirements, such lane change assist systems will only be required to verify whether it is safe to conduct a lane change by checking to the rear of the vehicle; it is expected the […]

Briefing: EU Mobility Package III including new vehicle safety standards

Briefing: EU Mobility Package III including new vehicle safety standards

On 17 May 2018, the European Commission published a large package of transport policy proposals known as the ‘Third Mobility Package’ including some very significant measures to improve road safety in the European Union. 25,300 people died on EU roads in 2017, a figure that has hardly budged in four years. The road safety package should help substantially reduce this figure if combined with efforts at national and local level. The main elements include: Safer cars, vans, lorries and buses The EU has the […]

New EU vehicle safety standards could prevent 25,000 deaths within 15 years

New EU vehicle safety standards could prevent 25,000 deaths within 15 years

European Commission announces major package of road safety measures including new targets to cut road deaths and serious injuries in half by 2030; World’s most advanced new car safety standards will make life-saving technologies such as Automated Emergency Braking and overridable Intelligent Speed Assistance a standard feature on all new vehicles; currently these features are only available as an option on some models; Race on for proposals to be approved by 28 EU Member States and the European Parliament. Veuillez trouver ci-dessous la version […]

European Commission set to announce major new road safety package

European Commission set to announce major new road safety package

The European Commission will announce a major package of road safety legislation next month including new vehicle safety standards, revised rules on infrastructure safety management, a strategy on automated driving as well as a new overarching road safety framework setting targets for the decade to 2030. The announcements, expected on 16 May, are being published after lengthy delays and several years of slow to non-existent progress on reducing road deaths and serious injuries in the EU. Figures published earlier this month showed that deaths […]

Letter: Improving the Transparency of the Exemption Procedure for the Type Approval of New Vehicle Technologies

Letter: Improving the Transparency of the Exemption Procedure for the Type Approval of New Vehicle Technologies

Earlier this year, ETSC reported on safety concerns regarding the so-called ‘Article 20’ exemption procedure for type-approval of new vehicle technologies. This procedure allows for new technologies, for which no EU type-approval legislation yet exists, to be authorised for use on European roads. However, no information is made public about which technologies and manufacturers are concerned by the decisions. Discussions and votes are furthermore held during behind-closed-doors meetings, with little to no information made available afterwards. The latest approval of an automated lane change […]

UK government announces three-year legal review of automated vehicles

UK government announces three-year legal review of automated vehicles

The UK government has commissioned a detailed review of driving laws to “examine any legal obstacles to the widespread introduction of self-driving vehicles and highlight the need for regulatory reforms”. The project will review and answer key questions, such as: who is the ‘driver’ or responsible person, as appropriate; how to allocate civil and criminal responsibility where there is some shared control in a human-machine interface; the role of automated vehicles within public transport networks and emerging platforms for on-demand passenger transport, car sharing […]

Opinion: A threat to progress on preventing road deaths

Opinion: A threat to progress on preventing road deaths

The hype surrounding automated driving threatens to hold back progress over the next few years in reducing the 1.25m deaths that occur annually on the world’s roads. By 2030, there may well be a few million self-driving cars globally, but there will also be more than 1bn cars driving that do not have such features. Many of those vehicles are the ones that will leave factories this year and next. The issue is that policymakers, as well as carmakers, are becoming so obsessed with […]

Briefing: 5th EU Road Safety Action Programme 2020-2030

Briefing: 5th EU Road Safety Action Programme 2020-2030

2016 was the third consecutive poor year for road safety: 25,670 people lost their lives on EU roads compared to 26,200 the previous year – a 2% decrease. But this followed a 1% increase in 2015 and stagnation in 2014. In addition, around 135,000 people were seriously injured on European roads in 2014 according to European Commission estimates based on the MAIS 3+ standard definition of a serious injury. Road collisions give rise to huge costs to society. A recent study estimated the value […]

Volvo dials down the hype on automated driving trial

Volvo dials down the hype on automated driving trial

Volvo Cars has reduced the scale of its Drive Me automated driving trial and delayed the roll-out of fully-automated driving features to real-world users. The project, which has the support of the city of Gothenburg and the Swedish Government, was first announced in 2013 with the aim of testing 100 self-driving vehicles from 2017 with members of the public in the driving seat in every-day conditions on specially-chosen roads. But the revised plan signals a more cautious approach.   The company announced in December that […]

US report urges better safeguards for automated cars following Tesla crash investigation

US report urges better safeguards for automated cars following Tesla crash investigation

A comprehensive investigation by the US National Transport Safety Board into a fatal crash involving a Tesla Model S and a heavy goods vehicle in Florida last year recommends that carmakers prevent drivers from activating automated driving features in situations that they were not designed for. The board’s final report, published in September, found that a truck driver’s failure to yield the right of way and a car driver’s inattention due to overreliance on vehicle automation were the probable causes of the fatal crash. […]

Euro NCAP outlines 2025 roadmap on car safety

Euro NCAP outlines 2025 roadmap on car safety

Euro NCAP has announced plans setting out how the consumer safety testing programme will evolve and respond to new vehicle safety technologies in the near future. The organisation says it will challenge vehicle manufacturers to offer the best possible technology as standard in all segments and countries, protecting not only car occupants of all ages but also increasingly addressing the safety of other more vulnerable road users. The roadmap outlines a timeline for the introduction of key testing enhancements, including: Primary safety Driver Monitoring […]

21 September 2017 – The European Transport Safety Lecture 2017

The European Transport Safety Lecture 2017 Artificial Intelligence: The consequences for society and transport safety Presented by the Dutch Safety Board Pulchri Studio, Lange Voorhout 15, The Hague – 21 September 2017 – 15:45-19:00 Organised by the Dutch Safety Board, the European Transport Safety Council’s 19th European Transport Safety Lecture addressed artificial intelligence and related future developments. Professor dr. A. E. (Gusz) Eiben gave an insight into technological developments in the field of artificial intelligence and the effects on our society and transport safety. Following the […]

Netherlands and Spain advance autonomous vehicle plans

Netherlands and Spain advance autonomous vehicle plans

The Netherlands may soon allow testing of autonomous vehicles without a driver on board and the Spanish government is working on a strategic plan for driverless and connected vehicles. Autonomous car tests have been possible in the Netherlands since 2015, though a driver was required to be in the driving seat at all times. The new proposal from transport minister Melanie Schultz van Haegen is for cars to operate with a “remote driver”. Companies will have to apply for a special license which will […]

UK House of Lords reality check on self-driving cars

UK House of Lords reality check on self-driving cars

A new report published by the UK’s upper house of parliament has warned that the safety and economic benefits of automated vehicles are unproven and urges the government to “not lose sight” of other possibilities to reduce road casualties. The sixty page report for the House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee says the government needs to implement a ‘joined-up’, wider transport strategy that puts the development of autonomous vehicles within the context of broader goals. The current approach, focussing on autonomous passenger […]

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