Roads that cars can read

Two of Europe’s leading safety campaigners are calling on the automotive industry and governments to focus on roads and signs to enhance the effectiveness of new crash avoidance systems in modern cars.

EuroRAP (European Road Assessment Programme) and Euro NCAP (European New Car Assessment Programme) collaborated on a consultation report, Roads that Cars can Read, and believe the condition of road markings and traffic signs could be the greatest hurdle to reaping the full benefits of new advanced driver assist safety systems.

Cameras and sensors that scan the road ahead and help vehicles react quickly if drivers are in danger are beginning to trickle down to mainstream vehicles. The systems have the potential to save thousands of lives every year, although their effectiveness is limited by poor conditions of road markings and signs and inconsistencies from country to country.


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