02 Nov 2015
Smart Mobility Needs Smart Regulation says Global NCAP at AA of Singapore

Speaking at the Asia Pacific Road Safety & Mobility Conference in Singapore, Global NCAP’s Secretary General, David Ward has called for decisive action to promote the most important intelligent crash avoidance systems. Describing electronic stability control (ESC) as “the most important safety innovation since the seat belt”, Ward called for it to be made mandatory in all new cars by 2020. “As the world moves to a new era of intelligent vehicles and smart mobility so we need smart regulation by governments”, he said.

ESC is major focus of the Global NCAP’s new Stop the Crash campaign which is being launched in Brasilia next month just ahead of the 2nd Global High Level Conference on Road Safety. “In Brasilia we need a firm commitment by Ministers around the world to act on ESC” Ward said. The system works on passenger cars, buses, and commercial vehicles including trucks and can prevent up to 40% of run off the road crashes. According to the World Health Organisation’s latest Global Status report on road safety “there is enormous life-saving potential for this technology across the world’s entire vehicle fleet that has yet to be tapped globally”.

The Asia Pacific Road Safety & Mobility Conference was organised by the Automobile Association of Singapore (AAS) as part of the country’s 50th anniversary of independence. Opening the meeting Bernard Tay, President of the AAS highlighted the challenge of harnessing the potential of new technologies to deliver both improved road safety and mobility. Guest of Honour at the Conference was Mr Chee Hong Tat, Minister of State, Ministry of Health & Ministry of Communications and Information who confirmed Singapore’s ambition to be a ‘living lab’ for innovation in smart mobility. The two day meeting brought together automobile clubs across the region, with road safety and automotive industry experts to discuss the new mobility paradigms that are needed to cope with rapid urbanisation and motorisation that are widespread across the Asia Pacific region.