Home Menu Search

Cars of the future need readable roads

3 December 2013

 New cars today do more to protect life than vehicles just 10 years ago, and by 2025, half of the cars on the road in Europe will be capable of “reading” signs and markings. The need for good, consistent signs and markings for drivers remains unchanged since motoring history began. Now vehicles, like drivers, will not function well where road markings and signs are worn out, inconsistent or confusing. This means putting an end to the different fonts, colours, sizes and shapes that are seen in even the most basic, internationally standardised safety signs such as “stop” and “give way”. It means standardising the width of white lines and the amount of light they reflect – and ensuring the edges of major roads are marked.

“Roads that cars can read”, a report published today by EuroRAP and Euro NCAP, makes important reading for those who maintain Europe’s roads of economic importance. It says that the majority of travel – and road deaths – occur on these roads which comprise just 10 per cent of the network. Inadequate maintenance and differences in road markings and traffic signs are now a major obstacle to the effective use of technology in vehicles, such as lane departure warning and traffic sign recognition.
 

Related news, events and information

Jaguar Land Rover to begin UK real-world tests of autonomous technologies

15 July 2016 – Story from FleetWorld. Under the plans, the carmaker will roll out a fleet of more than 100 research vehicles...

Call for ISA to become standard

16 February 2016 – The European Transport Safety Council* (ETSC) has produced a new film calling for over-ridable Intelligent...

EuroNCAP marks 20 years of vehicle safety testing

8 February 2017 – Story from Newspress. More than 78,000 lives have been saved since Euro NCAP’s tough crash safety tests were...

Driver distraction: an increasing factor in road crashes

23 March 2016 – Driver distraction has been a growing phenomenon in recent years and it is becoming a major contributing factor...

Royal Awards recognise achievements in road safety management

18 December 2016 – A number of organisations have been awarded a Prince Michael International Road Safety Award for achievements...

Europe’s car safety framework needs ‘overhaul’

23 March 2016 – Story from Newspress. Responding to the European Transport Safety Council's (ETSC) call for an overhaul of the...

European Commission outlines plans for safer cars and vans

20 December 2016 – Nineteen safety technologies including autonomous emergency braking and active lane keeping could be made...

Driving test for autonomous vehicles

4 May 2016 – Story from Road Safety GB. The report, 'Prioritising the Safety Potential of Automated Driving in Europe', was...

Euro NCAP puts Autonomous Pedestrian Detection to the test

10 November 2015 – European safety organisation Euro NCAP is introducing a new test that will check how well vehicles autonomously...