From next month, pedestrian safety features will become compulsory in all the newly manufactured vehicles. The feature has been mandated after observing the increasing deaths of walker every year. In the latest pedestrian safety features, the hood will be modified with a new concept which intends to decrease a collision with pedestrians. A new campaign has been introduced in India by the Global New Car Assessment Programme (GNCAP) which is known as ‘Stop The Crash’. The campaign focusses on supporting the acceptance of high-level safety features in Indian vehicles.
According to the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH), “The popular car makers are focusing more on passenger safety and neglecting the safety of the pedestrians which is more important”. The Indian Government is now more attentive in terms of safety than earlier. They have introduced certain rules and regulations which includes the airbags and ABS mandatory in all new cars. The new vehicles are much more advanced in terms of safety compared to previous generation cars. The Government has planned a goal to decrease the estimate of road accidents partly by the coming 2020.
Abhay Damle, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) told, “Advanced Safety features in all vehicles in India as vehicle safety cannot be confined to luxury vehicles only. Features like Anti Lock braking have already been mandatory in two-wheelers and by October 2018, all new cars will have the pedestrian safety feature including a new design of the bonnet to reduce the impact on pedestrians during accidents.”
David Ward, Secretary General of Global NCAP claimed, “GNCAP, an independent charity focused on international consumer-orientated vehicle safety initiatives is hosting its first ever World Congress in India to provide a unique opportunity to assess the contribution that safer vehicles can make to the United Nations’ Decade of Action for Road Safety and the Sustainable Development Goals.”
In the live demonstration, it was explained that four-wheelers and two-wheelers are more trustworthy with Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) and Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS). The Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and the Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) will be combined in future vehicles to be manufactured amidst 2022 and 2023. The Anti Lock Braking System (ABS) and automatic headlights are already declared as compulsory for all two-wheelers. However, the addition of the new high-level pedestrian safety features will affect the prices of the low and mid-range vehicles.
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