The European Commission has its own wishlist for new car technology, and there are 19 new technologies it wants to be made mandatory on new cars in order for road fatalities to be reduced to less than 15,000 a year by 2020, according to an Autocar report.

Heading the wishlist of mandatory items are autonomous emergency braking and lane departure warning, with the aim of avoiding a crash in the first place instead of mitigating the consequences of a collision. Under European law, lane keep assist and automatic emergency braking is already mandatory for buses and HGVs (heavy goods vehicles), the report says.

The increased demand for SUVs will also be addressed, with the report stating that safety measures continue to require attention given ‘the proliferation of SUVs with higher centres of gravity, higher masses and aggressive front-end design’.

Also proposed by the Commission is the introduction of flashing brake lights when the car is performing an emergency braking manoeuvre, plus seat belt reminders and tyre pressure monitoring systems in the list of proposed compulsory passive safety systems.

Functions such as intelligent speed adapting, lane keep assistance and driver drowsiness and distraction monitoring are among the active safety measures the European Commission aims to make mandatory within five years, marking the first time autonomous systems have been considered for mandatory installation.