Driving to the Future

volvo-seatbeltcopyStarting with a slight diversion, but today we are marking 30 years since the introduction of compulsory seatbelt-wearing in the UK. Volvo – which  introduced the three-point safety belt as we know it over 50 years ago (pictured) – has commissioned a survey on car safety to celebrate this anniversary. Its 1,200-odd respondents would largely welcome high-tech safety innovations, with over half wanting all-round cameras and 45% pedestrian protecting systems; over half would be happy to be driven by autopilot, and over a quarter would go in a completely autonomous car. More here.

  • The Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR, the German Aerospace Centre) is researching an automated valet parking system at the railway station in Braunschweig. It’s the first step in operationalising its Application Platform for Intelligent Mobility (AIM). and its first tests on public roads; more at Green Car Congress.
  • The number of teenage drivers…

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