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In September 2001, the European Commission released its White Paper “European Transport Policy for 2010: Time to Decide” and set the target of 50% reduction in road fatalities by 2010.
Independently, key stakeholders were already active in developing and implementing the necessary technologies, but the coordination of these efforts was seen as a means to help ensure attainment of this ambitious target.
Therefore, an eSafety Working Group established in 2002 by the Commission, automotive industry and other stakeholders proposed 28 recommendations which give guidelines to accelerate the research, development, deployment and use of Intelligent Integrated Safety Systems — eSafety technologies.
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Anti-crash radars: Commission enables cars to be equipped with road safety technology
Short-range radars that can detect collision dangers and automatically apply a car’s brakes should be available by mid-2005, further to a Decision adopted 18 January 2005 by the European Commission. The decision, which allocates a specific radio frequency band to short-range radar devices, is the result of a two-year drive by the Commission and EU radio spectrum and road safety experts. According to the European Road Safety Action Programme, the number of road accident victims is to be halved in the EU by 2010.
Electronic Car Components
The Commission published a new Directive relating to the compatibility of motor vehicles and their electronic components. The Directive will improve the safety of road users by adapting the existing legislation to technical progress. In recent years, the use of electrical and electronic systems in motor vehicles has increased tremendously. In addition to the far-reaching use of information and entertainment devices and an increasing number of electric motors and electronic devices, even certain safety functions are now controlled by electrical and electronic components (e.g. stability control, airbags). In order to ensure the safe functioning of modern motor vehicles and in view of the rapid technical developments in this area, it was the right time to amend the legislation. (OJ L 337, 13.11.2004).
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