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How’s the APAC preparing for the arrival of autonomous vehicles?

How’s the APAC preparing for the arrival of autonomous vehicles?

Autonomous cars are coming. Are we ready? Source: Shutterstock GALLUP recent polled Americans about self-driving cars recently and found that more than 50 percent felt they would be the norm within the next decade.

A more global study suggests that one in four vehicles will be fully autonomous (level 5) before 2030.

However, as much of the progress is being made at research facilities, the real question is this: How are the majority of vehicle manufacturers and regulators preparing for the arrival of this technology?

According to European Automobile Manufacturers Association (AECA) Secretary General Erik Jonnaert , automobile manufacturers have a long tradition and a strong track record in improving road safety, not only for the occupants of the vehicles they build but for all road users.

Jonnaert points out that the European Commission recently revised the General Safety Regulation (GSR) requiring automobile manufacturers to re-think the safety measures in new motor vehicles — which is an example of the EU’s proactiveness when it comes to preparing and guiding the market to stay ahead of the curve in terms of new-technology implementations.

SELF-DRIVING CARS WILL CHANGE MORE THAN JUST THE WAY YOU DRIVE With autonomous vehicles making a debut soon, manufacturers need to upgrade safety features to not only keep passengers safe but also ensure pedestrians are not hurt in any case.

New safety feature such as the autonomous braking systems in new-age vehicles lower risks of traffic accidents as speed management directly affects the possibility of accidents — but they also prepare vehicle manufacturers for the future of autonomous technology.

Out of the estimated 1.18 million deaths and millions of injuries that occur on the road globally, Asia accounts for 60 percent. Australia observes a lowered road death rate last year but does not include injuries caused by road accidents.

To be very fair, preparing […]

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