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What ADAS will be compulsory in vehicles in Europe starting in 2022?

A recent study by consulting company ICDP states that the proliferation of ADAS systems in new vehicles will cause a 15% decrease, by 2030, in the number of accidents in four of the main European markets in the EMEA region (France, Germany, United Kingdom and Italy); which will mean a reduction of 23% in body and paint repairs. These systems, though not very extensive currently in the European fleet, will be in a few years.

In fact, in early April the European Commission closed a provisional agreement to make vehicle makers preinstall in new vehicles, starting in 2022, several Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) that contribute to the reduction in the annual number of accidents in Europe. Even though European roads, according to the Commision, are the safest in the world, with an average of 49 deaths per one million inhabitants compared to 174 per million in the rest of the world, the EU is counting on these technologies to decrease that number even further.

This way, all new vehicles will have to include around 30 new safety functions with the goal of saving lives on the road. These are some of the most significant:

  • Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA): This system will prevent going over the road speed limit. It will be based on GPS signals and technologies that read traffic signals to automatically adapt to the traffic. However, the driver will have the option of disconnecting the system.

  • Automatic emergency braking system: Calibrated to automatically stop the vehicle at speeds up to 60kph. It will also incorporate an emergency braking signal.

  • Lane maintenance assistance: This system corrects the trajectory of the car if an involuntary lane change is detected.

  • Driver drowsiness and attention monitoring: Advanced system capable of detecting the driver´s visual level of attention.


  • Rear-view detector: Informs the driver about the presence of people or objects behind the vehicle to prevent crashes.

  • Facilitates the installation of ignition interlock breathalyzers compatible with the vehicles.

  • Data recorder that analyzes and stores critical values and information related to a collision before, during and immediately after it happens. Similar to the “black box” in airplanes.

  • Improved seat belts. The retention systems will be improved for front seat passengers.

  • Side-impact protection. New protection measures for passengers in the event of side impacts.

Likewise, trucks and buses will have to incorporate direct vision devices, that will allow the driver to detect from his/her seat vulnerable users on the road. They will also have alert systems to detect cyclists and pedestrians nearby.


Still a long way to go

However, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems still have a long way to go. At least, this is what is brought to light in a study by Bosch and Jato Dynamics that recently analyzed the installation rate of these three assistance systems in cars registered in 2017 in eight European markets.

The results of this study conclude that Germany and Belgium were in the lead, with 54% of registered cars, regarding the implementation of the AEB (Automatic Emergency Braking), the one that helps “prevent” or “reduce” the consequences in the event of an imminent collision with another vehicle, way ahead of Netherlands (45%), United Kingdom (43%), and with an even bigger lead over Spain and France (31% in both countries) or Italy (30%) and Russia (6%).

Meanwhile, the installation rate of park assist systems was lead by France with an 85% implementation rate, while Italy was last with 44%. In between these two extremes, the United Kingdom (68%), Germany (66%), the Netherlands (62%) and Belgium (60%) had this system in at least six out of ten new vehicles in 2017. Falling just below these countries are Spain (54%) and Russia (51%).

Finally, regarding lane maintenance assist systems, vehicles registered in the Netherlands lead the implementation of this system, with 39%, closely followed by France and Germany (both of them with 38%), Belgium (37%) and the United Kingdom (35%). A little behind were Spain (30%) and Italy (27%), way ahead of Russia (barely 6%).



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