Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation

Road Safety: Impact of New Technologies


Road crashes exact a tremendous human and societal toll in OECD member countries. Each year, more than 125 000 people are killed in such crashes and millions more are injured, many of them permanently.

Although new technologies -- including intelligent speed adaptation and collision avoidance systems -- are being developed and could significantly reduce this toll by as much as 40%, considerable challenges need to be overcome in order to achieve these benefits. Billions of dollars are currently being spent to develop new technologies which are not related to safety, and many of these may have a negative impact on road safety if action is not taken to ensure their compatibility with current road systems.

Road Safety: Impact of New Technologies evaluates the global impact of new technologies on road safety and provides recommendations to governments and industry to assist all countries in achieving a common aim: saving lives.


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