Automotive & Transportation

UN Calls for Automotive Safety Systems to be Standard in New Vehicles

21 April 2016

The United Nations General Assembly has adopted a resolution in order to make automotive safety features standard among new vehicles in order to prevent road injuries and deaths.

The resolution, which is the strongest position ever committed by UN member states, supports safety targets that are included in the Global Goals for Sustainable Development and the Global Plan of the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety programs. These programs are designed as an integrated and holistic framework in order to prevent accidents among vehicles.

UN Calls for Automotive Safety Systems to be Standard in New Vehicles  UN Calls for Automotive Safety Systems to be Standard in New Vehicles The UN “invites member states that have not already done so to consider adopting policies and measures to implement United Nations vehicle safety regulations or equivalent national standards to ensure that all new motor vehicles meet applicable minimum regulations for occupant and other road users' protection, with seat belts, air bags and active safety systems fitted as standard.”

This new resolution builds upon the “Brasilia Declaration” that was passed by the 2nd Global High-Level Conference on Road Safety in November of last year. That declaration embraced the standard fitment of active safety technologies that don’t just protect passengers during a crash but help to avoid the crash altogether.

Specifically the UN calls on member states to adopt as standard electronic stability control (ESC) in vehicles, a technology the intergovernmental organization calls the most significant advance in safety since the seat belt and one of the most important crash-avoidance systems available. It also calls on autonomous emergency braking to be implemented that uses advanced technology to help drivers avoid or mitigate collisions by having the car provide braking in times of need. The UN also wants anti-lock braking systems suited for motorcycles in order to prevent wheel lock-up and promote stability while braking.

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