The article provides an overview of the European Commission's 1997-2001 action program that was Europe's first attempt to take stock of road safety and to reflect on the priorities for improving it. An ambitious goal of the action program was halving the 40,000 or so deaths on EU roads to no more than 20,000. Today's developments in passenger protection technology, both 'passive vehicle safety' and 'active safety', are key to achieve the goal of a drastic reduction in traffic deaths, and intelligent transportation systems are enabling vehicles to interact with other vehicles and the road environment. Additionally, European programs have provided support to the development of cross-border cooperation in research on safe vehicle design and the development of intelligent systems.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Research Directorate-General

    European Commission, SDME 2/85
    B-1049 Brussels,   Belgium 
  • Publication Date: 2003-5


  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 3
  • Serial:
    • RTD Info
    • Publisher: Research Directorate-General

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00960978
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 25 2003 12:00AM