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Tackling traffic management through European standards

The European Commission’s new Urban ITS Working Group will provide unifying standards and solutions for a series of mobility-related safety applications. Here its Convener, Q-Free’s Chief Technologist, Knut Evensen, describes the work to be done

Motorways produce the most disastrous accidents due to high speeds and often multiple vehicles involved, but by volume and societal costs, the more mundane accidents in urban areas take priority to fix.

Incoming ITS technology has the potential to reduce accidents but is also making the traffic picture more complex and puts more demand on users. This complexity may increase accidents if nothing is done to meet these challenges.

Advanced assistance

Adding ever more capable advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) in every new car model is the gradual way of introducing fully automated driving. The idea is to off-load the routine tasks from the driver and let the car take over to prevent accidents in certain situations. Including the new functions of ADAS is an accelerating process that car manufacturers perceive as a competitive area where differentiation is key.

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