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EC pitches car systems upgrade to cut road mishaps

Posted: 27 May 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:braking system? tire pressure monitor? fuel saving?

The European Commission disclosed plans to develop advanced braking systems and hi-tech tires obligatory on cars and trucks cut reduce road deaths and greenhouse gas emissions, according to an Agence France Presse report.

The commission is pushing to install electronic stability control systems on all new cars from 2012 and advanced emergency brakes and lane departure warnings on trucks and other heavy vehicles the following year. The European Union's executive body projects the initiative steps would save around 5,000 lives a year.

The EC also proposes to have low rolling resistance tires be fitted to all new cars from 2012 as well as introduce a tire pressure monitoring system, as the amount of air has a direct impact on fuel performance.

Brussels claims this would result in a five-percent fuel saving and a reduce 7g/km of CO2 emissionsthe main greenhouse gas that causes global warming.

A commission spokesman said the move would add about $160 to $470 dollars to the price of a new vehicle, but that the advantages it brings would be offset after about five years.

"We are convinced that the extra costs will be paid back by the fuel savings," spokesman Ton van Lierop told reporters.





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