The conference will focus on the latest technological developments in the sector of active safety, the relevant actions and zero cost proposals for legislation initiatives as well as the need to inform and educate drivers on the new systems.
Our country holds a negative record regarding traffic accidents. According to official data published by the Parliamentary Committee on Road Safety, there were more than 4000 deaths in road accidents in Greece from 2012-2017. For every death there are 4 permanently disabled people, 8 seriously injured and 50 lightly injured. According to relevant statistics, 12 out of 100 Greek citizens will be involved in a serious accident at least once in their lives. Every year, 255 people aged 2-24 die in road accidents, while there are 12.2 road accident-related deaths in every 100,000 people. With the annual cost of traffic accidents exceeding the amount of 3 billion euro, it is evident that an investment in young people’s education in schools and universities would greatly benefit our country.
New technologies contribute greatly to the reduction of risk originating from the co-existence of pedestrians and vehicles in the road network inside and outside cities. It is remarkable how much they protect drivers from dangers they create themselves.
Active safety systems, such as anti-block braking (ABS), ESP stability system, Keep Lane Assist, Collision Warning and many more, are now a reality and have come to prevent serious road accidents by countervailing their two main causes: attention lapses resulting in unintentional lane departure and violation of the safety distance from the vehicle in front.
FONDATION VINCI AUTOROUTES – Auto Forum 2017 aims to highlight all new advancements in the automobile industry and present products and services that will circulate in the near future and will affect – one way or the other – road safety in our country.
The conference will be attended by representatives of state organizations (Traffic Police, Emergency and Ambulance Services, the Special Standing Committee of the Greek Parliament on Road Safety), NGOs involved in road safety (IOAS), the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC), car and motorcycle importing companies and Motor Vehicle Technical Control Centers (KTEO), who will be informed on the latest technological developments in active safety.
The organizers of the FONDATION VINCI AUTOROUTES – Auto Forum 2017 will underline how important it is for private organizations and state authorities to coordinate their actions so as to create the proper legal framework pertaining to the use/operation of these new technologies. Key issues have to be addressed, as for example: Is it allowed in Greece to use autonomous vehicles (self-driving cars)? Are there provisions on the reflective elements of road signs which are distorted by led lights?
The works of the forum will constitute the base for the drafting of a Charter of proposals on traffic safety, which will be submitted to the Greek parliament. These proposals will have two main characteristics: zero cost and huge contribution to the improvement of road safety.
Necessary actions before using a vehicle
Everyone’s safety in the streets depends overwhelmingly on what drivers do or don’t before sitting behind the wheel. Additionally, in many cases – which have increased exponentially – vehicles do not belong to their drivers but are company-owned, leased or rented.
A circulating motor vehicle needs insurance, regular technical controls, good quality tires, subscription to roadside assistance services etc. In Auto Forum 2017, the Program Director of the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) Graziella Jost will present data from all European Union member states regarding safety shortcomings and omissions of steps that drivers should take before using their vehicles.
In Greece there are millions of uninsured motor vehicles and it is obvious that the Auxiliary Fund for Insurance of Liability Arising out of Motor Accidents (Epikouriko Kefalaio) cannot possibly cover millions of cases. Insurance companies have a lot to say on this subject and it is interesting to see their views on the implementation of provisions regarding fines imposed on uninsured vehicles or the interconnection of circulation taxes/ insurance policies/ Motor Vehicle Technical Control Centers (KTEO).
Proper tires are crucial for safe driving. The progress in pneumatic tires technology is impressive and the new techniques used by manufacturers help improve active safety.
Many car industries have elaborated road assistance programs which contribute to safe transportation. According to EU legislation, new cars are equipped with an emergency button which calls 112. Other manufacturers have taken a step further towards the implementation of the European Directive and have started designing programs related to maintenance, technical condition and overall safety of cars. The Association of Private Vehicle Technical Control Centers will present its proposals on the improvement of the credibility of technical controls.
New active safety technologies
Nowadays, in car industries’ Research and Technology centers, various technological tools are being perfected, which in the near future will resolve once and for all many crucial road safety problems.
An example of the above is the “vehicle-to-vehicle communications system”, known as V2V. The US Department of Transportation has already proposed the formulation of a standard communication framework between cars related to location, direction and speed. The goal is to warn drivers or autonomous vehicles (in the near future) of potential sources of danger.
In the city environment where most accidents/collisions are due to attention lapses, automobiles will soon be able to decide whether the driver can react timely and take independent action after warning the user.
Another important development is the communication between vehicles and road infrastructure. For instance, cars will be able to interact with traffic lights, while fire engines and ambulances will have in-built technology allowing them to turn red lights to green so as to be able to move faster when responding to an emergency.
Among automobile industries’ plans is the V2I (Vehicle to Infrastructure) system, which will be able to assess traffic and adjust the rhythm of traffic lights accordingly, change speed limits according to weather conditions and propose alternative routes in case of an accident or other problem.
In this way, when autonomous cars become an essential part of our everyday routine, the whole city’s road network will be ready to function like a smart machine.
Apart from technologies designed today to be applied tomorrow, there is a whole series of systems already in the line of production, with which users/car buyers are not familiar yet; the Keep Lane Assist, the Speed Limit Reading, the Automatic Safe-Distance Control and the Collision Warning systems as well as smart self-adjustable lights and the automatic emergency call and vehicle-tracking technology, will contribute significantly to the improvement of road safety.
From the sector of mobile telephony, cell phone manufacturers will present the latest developments in car-smart phone connectivity, while communication providers will analyze the various options offered by their networks for emergency calls.
The automotive sector in the future:
The best way to foresee the future is to design it. Therefore, in the last panel of the forum, instead of trying to guess future developments in the motor vehicle industry, we will let those who actually design them talk about Connectivity, Autonomy, alternative ways to use a vehicle without owning it and electric power as the new “fuel”.
3D printers will also play a key role in the advancement of modern methods and technologies in the sector, as they will offer the possibility of fast and cheap printing of spare parts for motor vehicles.
More and more car importing companies decide to invest in the promotion of their electric models and it is interesting to follow their efforts to create an extensive electric-car charging network. The latter infrastructure will have significant presence in modern highways.
The day when the road surface itself will act as a charger may still be far away, however, the creation of electric car charging stations and other infrastructure supporting car-sharing, connectivity and vehicle interaction is already underway.
FONDATION VINCI AUTOROUTES – Auto Forum 2017 is an initiative unprecedented in Greece which constitutes an innovative effort to educate on a sector where we are lagging behind and need to start taking action in multiple levels.
During the event there will be workshops and round-table discussions where key issues such as the application of new technologies in motor vehicles, the drafting of proposals for the appropriate legal framework and the coordination of effective courses of action on road safety will be analyzed in detail.
FONDATION VINCI AUTOROUTES – Auto Forum 2017 offers a unique opportunity to present to the Greek public the international trends and technological advancements in the sector of road safety and create a platform of communication for all interested parties, which will allow them to take action and legislative initiatives.
Who should attend
The FONDATION VINCI AUTOROUTES – Auto Forum 2017 is addressed to many different professional groups having one thing in common: they are all directly or indirectly involved in road safety in Greece.
- Top executives of car importing companies who seek to familiarize consumers with active safety technologies offered by the manufacturer they represent
- Insurance executives who have every reason to invest in anything that could potentially contribute to a decline in traffic accident rates in our country
- Specialized press media
- State authorities: regional and municipal administration, Special Standing Committee of the Greek Parliament on Road Safety, Ministry of Education, political parties, traffic police, fire department, ambulance and emergency services, Ministry of Health, medical centers
- Association of Greek Traffic Engineers
- Private Motor Vehicle Technical Control Centers (KTEO)