Taking road safety to a new level: Aligning infrastructure, new technologies and changes in mobility trends

As part of the ‘Third Mobility Package’, the Commission is adopting two proposals to advance the goal of road safety. One aims to transform EU vehicle safety standards to include, for example, the latest safety features, and the other to improve safety management of road infrastructure. Together with appropriate training and enforcement, these proposals aim to reduce fatalities and serious injuries and promote convergence towards higher safety standards for roads, speeds, vehicles.

Technological advances, in connectivity and automation, create new opportunities to eliminate or compensate for human error. Automated driving holds great potential to further improve road safety in the near future. However, new risks are emerging in the transition phase, such as the functioning of highly automated vehicles in mixed traffic and the interaction between human beings and the vehicle.

EURACTIV organised this high-level Forum to discuss how to take road safety to the next level in order to meet the EU’s long-term goal of moving closer to zero fatalities in road transport by 2050. Questions included:

  • Should the physical infrastructure be adapted to suit the needs of vehicles with a high degree of automation or do vehicles need to be developed to adapt to the existing infrastructure?
  • Do active safety measures have greater potential to reduce road casualties?
  • What will be the impact of the General Safety Regulation revision on other European policy priorities such as the reduction of CO2 emissions?

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