• Citizens voice support for advanced vehicle safety technologies

    26 June 2018

    On 26 June, FIA Region I released the first figures from the new EU Mobility Observatory. Gathering the views of road users from 9 European countries, the results offer insights on distraction, advanced vehicle safety technologies and cycling infrastructure. The survey was carried out by FIA Region I member Clubs. It found that 87% supported making proven advanced safety vehicle technologies standard, which shows public support for the European Commission’s proposal to make many such technologies mandatory.

    Additional headline results include:

    • Many drivers admit to using a smartphone behind the wheel, even though 97% think that it’s dangerous to do so
    • 87% would welcome making proven advanced safety technologies standard
    • 51% would take advanced driver training
    • Cyclists feel least safe on roundabouts, main roads and junctions without traffic lights

    FIA Region I Director General, Laurianne Krid, said: “With the European Mobility Observatory, FIA Region I Clubs will get a Europe-wide snapshot into public opinion on mobility. It confirms that users are willing to embrace safety technologies, if their benefits are clearly demonstrated. I hope this project will be useful for all mobility stakeholders to get additional insights about drivers and support increased road safety in Europe. ”

    The results of the survey were presented to EU mobility stakeholders and policymakers at a road safety exhibit immediately following the European Road Safety Charter awards ceremony.

    The participating Clubs are: AA (UK), ACA (France), ACL (Luxembourg), FDM (Denmark), ACP (Portugal), ÖAMTC (Austria), RACC (Spain), RACE (Spain), Autoklub (Czech Republic) and UAB (Bulgaria). In total, over 31,000 people responded to the survey, which was carried out in February and March 2018.

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    Notes to editors 

    What is the EU Mobility Observatory?
    The EU Mobility Observatory is joint initiative from FIA Region I and our members to carry out national surveys on strategic mobility issues. 

    About FIA Region I
    The FIA Region I office, based in Brussels, is a consumer body representing 107 Motoring and Touring Clubs and their 38.5 million members from across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The FIA represents the interest of these members as motorists, public transport users, pedestrians and tourists. The FIA’s primary goal is to secure a mobility that is safe, affordable, sustainable and efficient. With these aims in mind, FIA Region I’s work focuses on Road Safety, Consumer Protection, Environmental Protection, and the promotion of Sustainable Motoring. www.fiaregion1.com

    Contact:
    Andrea Campbell
    Head of Communications,
    FIA Region I
    acampbell[at]fia.com
    +32 2 282 0813