Switzerland: An automated brake system from 2020?

An automated braking system from 2020?

Some 40 countries have reached an agreement that must be validated next June for an application from 2020. Image: Keystone

Advanced Emergency Braking Systems (AEBS) have sensors that monitor the distance to the vehicle or pedestrian in front of them. They detect if a collision is imminent. In this case, they will "activate the brakes" if the driver does not react, said Tuesday to the press in Geneva a spokesman for the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).

The technical requirements have been validated by the Working Group on Automated and Autonomous Vehicles (GRVA) of this institution. Some 40 countries have reached an agreement that must be validated next June for an application from 2020. Switzerland is one of the 53 states parties to the 1958 agreement on the technical requirements of rolling vehicles that may apply this measure. The EU and Japan said they would do so from the first day of the entry into force of the new regulation.

Save 1000 people a year

However, systematically, the "Switzerland is aligned with the EU" for the approval of technologies related to cars, also said the spokesman. It would then impose these systems on all new cars sold in the country, on average 315'000 per year. In urban areas, these could reduce the number of 88 annual victims observed. This decline could even reach up to about 40%, according to estimates. The AEBS could also save more than 1000 people among the more 9500 deaths of this type each year in the EU. Within European urban areas, 50% of victims are motorists and 40% are pedestrians.

AEBS already exist for some cars in some countries. But no standard technical requirement has hitherto guaranteed proper operation. The new regulation must result in international requirements that States may impose on all vehicles with less than 9 passengers when traveling at low speed. The working group will continue its work to extend these provisions to other situations for pedestrians and cyclists. These should be discussed next September. (Ps / nxp)

Created: 12.02.2019, 14h29

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