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Call for telematics to improve level crossing safety. 22/3/04
The introduction of vehicle-roadside communications technologies are being called for by the European Commission to improve safety at rail level crossings.

The call, contained in a publication entitled Safety at Level Crossings from DG Tren, notes that in-vehicle telematic equipment capable of informing drivers of the approach of trains is not scheduled for deployment in the short term and some, more immediate, solution is called for. Amongst the recommendations of the DG Tren High Level Group on Road Safety is for co-operative vehicle/highway systems (CVHS) that would allow for the automatic enforcement of road traffic law which "especially if automated, can significantly reduce accident numbers."

The publication calls for the standardisation of detection and warning equipment. In the meantime, the UK government has commissioned a study into the potential of CVHS to consider how the various technologies involved may develop in the future. The twelve month study is to be conducted by a team led by FaberMaunsell reporting to the DfT.

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