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Expert claims cars of the future will help avoid crashes. 26/4/04
A report from the European Transport Safety Council has claimed that intelligent transport systems (ITS) have so far failed to live up to road safety expectations. Road safety has, until recently, been a mere by-product in ITS development and certainly not a central aspect of design say the authors.

In spite of this, a leading automotive engineer has predicted that vehicles of the future will automatically assess information relevant to their surroundings to help avoid crashes and minimize injuries.

Giving the keynote speech at the 2004 SAE World Congress in March, Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart, deputy chairman of the Executive Board, Continental AG, said, "We are in the midst of a revolution in smart vehicle safety where the primary focus is assisting consumers in avoiding crashes."

Cars of the future will, according to Dr Ziebart, link active and passive safety systems such as electronic stability control, active rollover protection, adaptive cruise control, lane departure systems and restraint systems, along with additional sensors that give the car electronic reflexes.

For further information contact:
Jim Gill, M.S., APR of Continental, +1-248-393-5210, Cell: +1-248-882-6309, jim.gill@usa.contiteves.com
 
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