FIM Participates in breakfast briefing on the revision of the General Safety Regulation
On the 11th April, FIM attended a Breakfast organized by Debating Mobility and hosted by Deirdre Clune Member of the European Parliament (MEP) on ‘Saving Lives on Europe’s Roads’. The event focused on the revision of the General Safety Regulation (GSR). Deirdre Clune MEP gave an introduction, highlighting the need for more regulation on the topic. Some accidents are due to human error, speed, fatigue however, there is a lot that can be done in terms of technology.
Mehdi Hocine, Deputy Head of Unit from the European Commission (DG GROW) presented the new GSR proposal. He started by saying that at the time the GSR was introduced, it was an incredible improvement with such features as stability control, the safety belt reminder, etc. It proposed very innovative and modern features. The GSR is still in its implementation phase and will be until 2023 (tyre noise, rolling resistance).
The current state of play for the GSR is the following; Phase One has been implemented but there are many exceptions. In a study released by the Commission, data indicates that a plateau has been reached in terms of death. The GSR is no longer able to decrease the number of deaths, which is stagnating at 70 deaths/day on EU roads. As part of the revision of the GSR, the Commission reviewed 50 possible safety measures. The new draft revising the GSR is currently in inter-service consultations and will be released on the 16th May, as part of the Third Mobility Package. The new targets are to save 25,000 lives in a 16-year period, focusing both on occupant and pedestrian and cyclists protection. The new proposal covers all types of vehicles including Sport-Utility Vehicles (SUV) and Light-Commercial Vehicles (LCV). The proposal will pave the way for connected and automated driving, focusing on the human factor of road safety.
Sven Nitsche (Head of Requirements and Strategy Vehicle Safety at BMW) welcomed the proposal, specifically its outlook for automated driving. He emphasized the need to support systems in cars with systems within the infrastructure. Sigrid de Vries (Secretary General of CLEPA) highlighted the importance of active safety technology (focused on preventing accidents) and passive safety technology (focused on protecting occupants during and after a crash). Richard Schram, (Technical Manager, Euro NCAP) presented his organization and the need for testing to recommend feasible targets. Laurianne Krid, (Director-General, FIA Region I) emphasized the importance of cost benefit analysis for developing safety technologies.
The panel discussed the importance of interoperability of technologies, as the legislation is not prescriptive. Mr. Nitsche stated that an effective balance is between a baseline, improvements with customer visibility and company innovation. Mr. Hocine underlined that the Commission’s proposal is technology neutral and has a three-phase implementation, with first technologies already existing on the market, secondly systems that are maybe already on the market but are expected to have future development and finally, systems still in their development phase. The panel finished by discussing autonomous driving, arguing that it has to be as safe as human driving and car/system manufacturers should not prompt overtrust in the systems by the drivers.