Europe Readies Mandatory Safety Systems Rule

Europe is weeks from finalizing legislation that would require new cars to be equipped with such safety systems as automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning and distracted driver detection by 2022.

The European Parliament is expected to vote on the plan in March, Autocar notes. Several of the technologies, notably automated braking, are already widely available because they are needed to earn a top safety score in Euro NCAP tests.

Last year the European Commission proposed legislation that would require a dozen new safety features three years from now. Other systems covered by the measure would include equipment to detect driver drowsiness, collect crash data and facilitate the installation of alcohol interlocks.

The European Transport Safety Council estimates that equipping new cars with all 12 of the systems could save 25,000 lives over 15 years.