Mandatory Security Systems for Vehicles: Benefits and Risks
Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) are an array of technological solutions that are integrated into vehicles to increase the safety of drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and cyclists. These systems also provide an improved driving experience.
In 2019, the European Union approved the New Safety Regulation 2019/2144, which included a new regulation on general vehicle safety requirements, the protection of its occupants and vulnerable road users. This regulation mandated that, from 2022, a series of driving assistance systems must be included in all cars manufactured. Additionally, the denial of new approvals and the subsequent prohibition of registrations (normally 24 months later) is established for those vehicles that do not comply with the regulations.
These mandatory security systems have a clear purpose and are an interesting security enhancement for cars, however, they are not 100% reliable and can pose certain risks.
The Advantages of Mandatory Security Systems
The main advantage of these systems is that they reduce the number of accidents, as they are able to detect obstacles that the driver may not observe in time. Some of the most common systems are:
– Adaptive Cruise Control: This system allows the vehicle to maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front.
– Autonomous Emergency Braking: This system can detect obstacles and stop the car automatically, avoiding a collision.
– Lane Departure Warning: This system warns the driver when the car is leaving its lane.
– Blind Spot Detection: This system alerts the driver when there is another vehicle in the blind spot.
– Parking Assistance: This system helps the driver to park in a safe and correct way.
The Risks of Mandatory Security Systems
Although these systems offer many advantages, they can also entail certain risks. One of the main risks is that the driver becomes overconfident and stops paying attention to the road. This can lead to accidents, as the driver may not be able to react in time if the system fails.
In addition, these systems can be subject to cyberattacks, as they are connected to the internet. This could lead to the theft of data, or even to the manipulation of the car’s systems.
Mandatory security systems for vehicles are an interesting security enhancement, however, they are not 100% reliable and can entail certain risks. The main advantage of these systems is that they reduce the number of accidents, but drivers must remain vigilant and not become overconfident. Additionally, these systems are vulnerable to cyberattacks, so it is important to take the necessary measures to protect them.