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New EU rules make cars safer – and more expensive

All new cars must soon be equipped with advanced accident prevention systems in line with the new EU legislation. Legal requirements increase safety – but they can make cars much more expensive, according to the trade association Bil Sweden.

Safety requirements for cars have been increased thanks to new EU regulations. Stock Image.picture: Björn Larsson Rosvall / TT

From mid-2022, all new cars sold in the EU will be equipped with a number of safety systems that, for example, warn against driver fatigue and emergency braking.

The new regulation was announced last Friday by the Council of Ministers, which hopes that the new regulations will significantly reduce the number of serious road accidents, while strengthening competitiveness.

The automotive industry welcomes stricter regulatory requirements, says Swedish CEO Mattias Bergman, who also warns that this is not a miracle cure:

– We are primarily positive, but it should be remembered that this raises costs and does not solve all problems. To achieve safe movement, a vehicle is only one of three factors. The second is building safe roads and training drivers to maintain speed and comply with traffic rules, says Mattias Bergman.

Security systems already exist today in many so-called premium cars and often distinguishes such a car from a regular car. The new rules will lead to a significant increase in prices, although they are likely to make technology cheaper, according to Bergman.

– Costs decrease with increasing volume. If you take what is in a modern premium car and put it in a bulky car, the cost of the same component will be reduced due to economies of scale.

– In many cases they will not be the same technical solutions at the same price. They are working on finding cheaper solutions, and in other cases it is about increasing production and designing it so that it can be produced cheaper – says Mattias Bergman.

Although the industry is positively set, becomes sweaty – new rules mean a major change in a short time.

– The automotive industry will develop technology, subcontractors will receive components and then scale up in large quantities. Testing authorities should be able to test, and then national authorities implement the rules. Mattias Bergman says there are many things to do and this is a huge time pressure.

Requirements may mean that other changes should be set aside, for example in the field of security.

"If you already have a budget, you always have to set priorities to meet legal requirements," says Mattias Bergman.


New EU requirements for vehicles

All motor vehicles placed on the EU market from mid-2022. They must be equipped with:

* Intelligent cruise control

* Warning if the driver gets tired or is not careful

* Emergency stop signals

* Reverse monitoring system

* Tire pressure monitoring system

Additional requirements are imposed on passenger cars and light trucks, including:

* Advanced emergency braking systems

* Emergency system for lane maintenance

Source: Council of Ministers

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