New Delhi: All new cars and heavy vehicles such as buses and trucks will come fitted with Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) by 2022, that will help reduce road accidents in India, the Times of India reported.
The ADAS system includes features such as electronic stability control, autonomous emergency braking system, anti-lock brakes, lane departure warning and adaptive cruise control, which will automatically detect objects on road and apply brakes.
The ToI report citing transport minister Nitin Gadkari said that the government will make the feature of ADAS mandatory for all new cars from 2022. Citing road transport ministry sources, the daily further said that the government will soon notify the speed at which the emergency braking system will get activated to give enough time to manufacturers to plan their production.
“We have already held one round of discussion with the stakeholders including the industry. This feature is likely to become mandatory in some western countries by 2021. So, we are also advancing our plan,” the ToI report quoted a transport ministry official as saying.
Presently, luxury car manufacturer like Volvo, Mercedes offer features like adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and automatic braking. Use of such systems is limited in India as their functioning depends on proper road signs and markings besides good road conditions, the daily said.
Human errors account for nearly 80 per cent of all road accidents on India roads, the daily said citing annual road accident report prepared by the government. Road accidents in India lead to around 2 lakh deaths annually and it is the highest in the world, the ToI report said adding that ADAS can also have other features such as “blind spot monitor” and features to detect driver drowsiness.[“Source-timesnownews”]