ACEA welcomes EU vote for safer cars
European carmakers association ACEA says that it supports a broad range of the safety measures voted upon by IMCO, including the requirement that all new car types come equipped with autonomous emergency braking (AEB), drowsiness and attention detection systems, reversing detection for cars and vans, emergency stop signals, and lane departure warning systems. AEB systems start braking manoeuvres automatically if a collision is imminent and the driver is not taking any action to avoid it. ACEA has thus welcomed yesterday’s vote by the lead Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) Committee of the European Union, saying that it marks an important step towards adopting this legislation.
ACEA Secretary General, Erik Jonnaert (photo) states: “We welcome the willingness of MEPs to enter rapidly into inter-institutional negotiations on this legislation, which is key to further improving road safety. Despite a three-fold increase in traffic, road safety in Europe has improved significantly in the last 30 years. Maintaining this trend is important for an industry that prides itself on designing, producing and selling safe vehicles in probably one of the most demanding markets in the world.”
However, auto manufacturers are concerned about the proposed time between the entry into force of the regulation and the moment it applies. This should be aligned with product development time in a pragmatic way, allowing at least 36 months before application, ACEA cautions.