Modern Vehicles: Updates

Browse Brake's 'fact checks' on vehicle technology and scroll down for news. 


November 2018: European Council backs Commission proposal. Brake press release here.

May 2018: European Commission proposed to mandate lifesaving vehicle technologies. Brake press release here and here.

October 2017: Brake welcomes MEPs' calls for improved car safety standards
The European Parliament’s Transport Committee has demanded that new cars be fitted with a range of life-saving technologies as standard

August 2017: Industry and NGOs call for urgent UK action on vehicle safety standards
A coalition of industry groups and NGOs have called on the UK Government to pledge its support for European Commission plans to improve new vehicle safety standards.

December 2016: EU regulation of minimum safety standards imminent
EU announces it is considering 19 vehicle safety features to include in its revision of its safety regulations for new vehicles. 

June 2016: 1% ULEV market breakthrough
ULEVs now make up more than 1% of the newly-registered vehicles in Britain, up from 0.2% two years' previously, with the increase attributed to plug-in car and van grants, and an acceleration in electric charge points. 

April 2016: Trucks platoon across Europe
Six manufacturers of trucks take part in the European Truck Platooning Challenge showcasing platooning of large trucks on public roads heading for the Netherlands.

April 2016: V2I technology on our Strategic Road Network (motorways and A roads)
Highways England announces, in its Innovation, Technology and Research strategy, that its £150m 'innovation fund' will include trials of connected and autonomous vehicle technologies and development of infrastructure standards on the strategic road network (motorways and A roads) to “futureproof” the network for these technologies 

March 2016: Trials of automated vehicles on British roads announced
In the government’s budget, it is announced that automated vehicles will be trialled on British motorways by the end of 2017 . This is  to include trials of trucks travelling in platoons (connected to the lead truck using wireless technology).

March 2016: London buses to be fitted with ISA
Transport for London announced the completion of successful trials of mandatory Intelligent Speed Assistance on its buses, controlling them to within all speed limits, and says all new buses will be fitted with ISA by 2017.

February 2016: Eight research projects into automated driving announced
The first funds out of the government’s dedicated £100m ‘intelligent mobility research’ fund are assigned to eight projects across the UK , including a project equipping a small length of Britain’s roads to be ready to test automated vehicles and a project aiming to accelerate the ‘development, market readiness and deployment’ of automated driving systems.

January 2016: C-ITS report published 
The European Union’s Platform for the Deployment of Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems publishes its final report, saying “a coordinated action for the deployment of C-ITS in the EU is paramount: a unique legal and technical framework is essential and coordinated efforts to ensure quick uptake of C-ITS are requested.”

November 2015: New trucks mandated to have AEBS, and LDWS  
EU General Safety Regulation 661/2009 introduces the mandatory fitment of Advanced Emergency Braking Systems (AEBS) and Lane Departure Warning Systems (LDWS) to medium and heavy commercial vehicles.

July 2015: Department for Transport sets up C-CAV and launches its code of practice
The Department for Transport launches its “code of practice” for automated vehicle technology testing. The government also set up the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (C-CAV).

February 2015: Britain’s Department for Transport launches its Action Plan for creating a ‘pathway’ for driverless vehicles.
The action plan commits to “amending national and international legislation to facilitate production and marketing of highly and fully automated vehicles. It is envisaged that national legislation can be amended by 2017 and there should be an aim to finalise amendments to international regulations by the end of 2018.” 

February 2015: The start of ‘Driverless Vehicle Trials’ in Greenwich, Bristol, Milton Keynes and Coventry
Trials involve teams of engineers testing electric, fully-automated pods potentially for use in cities. 

November 2014: New cars mandated to have ESC  
EU General Safety Regulation 661/2009 introduces the mandatory fitment of Electronic Stability Control (ESC) to all new cars.

September 2013: Britain's ULEV strategy announced
The government's strategy, Driving the future Today, is launched, with a vision of every new car being a "ULEV from 2040 and an effectively decarbonised fleet by 2050 to meet our Carbon Plan targets."

February 2013: Britain provides grants for electric vehicle charge points
The first in a round of grants are provided by the British government for the establishment of electric charge points.