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Leading Transport Ministers Test Drive Latest eSafety Systems

Publication date: 26 May 2011

Mr Thierry Mariani, French Secretary of State for Transport being interviewed after his testing of Blind Spot Monitoring

The latest eSafety technologies for vehicles were demonstrated at the OECD International Transport Forum in Leipzig on Thursday 26th May 2011, with the involvement of Transport Ministers and delegates from 52 participating countries.

The demonstrations were organised by the eSafety Challenge project (supported by the European Commission, eSafetyAware, the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), and the FIA Foundation).

“It is great that the Ministers were so keen to test these life-saving technologies today. We need the support of policy-makers to secure eSafety take up through legislation or voluntarily,” said Professor Gunter Zimmermeyer, Chairman of ERTICO - ITS Europe and Vice President of eSafetyAware. “Improving emergency response times, in particular thanks to eCall (an automated emergency alert system) can in many cases mean the difference between life and death,” he added.

“Road Safety is a global issue: it is the number one cause of death for young people worldwide. So raising awareness among international Transport Ministers is vitally important, as we know that one of the main obstacles for increased deployment of these life saving technologies is a lack of knowledge among consumers”, said Jacob Bangsgaard, Director General of FIA Region I and Secretary General of eSafetyAware.

Participatants in the demonstrations included:

  • Mr Roberto Aguerrebere, Mexican Delegation(ESC demonstration)
  • Mr Thierry Mariani, Secretary of State for Transport, France (Blind Spot Monitoring demonstration)
  • Ms Catharina Elmsäter-Svärd, Minister for Infrastructure, Sweden (City Safety: an Emergency Braking system at low speed for driving in traffic)
  • Ms Etienne Krug , WHO (Emergency Braking demonstration performed at high speed with BMW MotorSport driver Dirk Werner)
  • Mr Jack Short, Secretary General of the International Transport Forum participated in the eCall demonstration (see picture below).


Note to Editors:

International Transport Forum
The International Transport Forum at the OECD is an intergovernmental organisation with 52 member countries. Transport Ministers from around the globe are meeting in Leipzig, Germany, on 25-27 May to debate the future of mobility with business leaders, top scholars and civil society at the annual Summit organised by the International Transport Forum.

eSafety Challenge Project
The eSafety Challenge project promotes and highlights the life-saving potential of advanced vehicle safety technologies. eSafety Challenge receives funding from the European Commission, eSafetyAware, the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), and the FIA Foundation. More information on the eSafety Challenge can be found here:

About eSafety Systems
eSafety refers to vehicle technologies that can assist the driver in case of an emergency situation and by providing vital information and warnings to help avoid the situation occurring in the first place.

The systems have an impact on the car occupants' safety by helping the driver make the right decisions and remain in control of the car by informing, advising and alerting the driver about dangerous situations. Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Warning and Emergency Braking Systems evaluate the driving situation and take action to avoid or minimise the effects of a crash. Other systems, such as Blind Spot Monitoring, Speed Alert and Lane Support Systems sense when the driver is in a potentially dangerous situation and provide an instant warning. For more information, please see here:

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