Taking road safety to a new level: Aligning infrastructure, new technologies and changes in mobility trends
Road safety in Europe has improved thanks to the different actions taken at European, national and local level. Although some Member States continue to make considerable progress, EU-wide road fatality rates have stagnated in recent years. As mobility continues to grow and is radically transformed by digitisation, decarbonisation and innovation, the opportunities to further improve safety performance must be seized. The EU works closely with the authorities in its member countries, to address all factors that play a role in crashes: infrastructure, vehicle safety, driver behaviour, emergency response.
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 invites you to 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 will include:
- 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?
BMW Brand Store
Boulevard de Waterloo 23-24, 1000 Bruxelles
Matthew Baldwin, Deputy Director General, DG MOVE European Commission
Róza Gräfin von Thun und Hohenstein MEP, Rapporteur, Member IMCO Committee, European Parliament
Ulrich Veh, Saftey Director, ACEA
Chris Carroll, Policy Director, FIA Region I
Sven Nitsche, Head of Requirements and Strategy Vehicle Safety, BMW Group
Frederic Simon, Energy & Environment Hub Editor, EURACTIV
17:00 – 17:30 Registration
17:30 – 17:35 Keynote speech
17:35 – 18:00 Opening statements panelists
18:00 – 19:00 Discussion and Q&A
19:00 – 20:00 Networking Cocktail
+32 (0)2 788 36 86
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