Carlos Muchave
3 minute read
5 Jun 2019
2:43 pm

WATCH: #StopTheCrash campaign for car safety launches in South Africa

Carlos Muchave

The technologies promoted by #StopTheCrash have the potential to save thousands of lives every year.

For the first time in Africa, the #StopTheCrash Partnership hosts live demonstrations of crash avoidance technologies in support of the United Nations Global Goals and the Decade of Action for Road Safety.

Launched at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit in Johannesburg with the support of the Automobile Association (AA) of South Africa, the #StopTheCrash Partnership event has a special focus on the life saving benefits of Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), and Anti-lock Braking Systems (ABS) for motorcycles.

The technologies promoted by #StopTheCrash have the potential to save thousands of lives every year and the UN has developed international standards to help encourage countries around the world to mandate these life-saving technologies.

Many countries have taken a lead in adopting such legislation to protect drivers, riders and other vulnerable road users. Global NCAP and the #StopTheCrash Partnership encourages the South African government to take a leadership role for the African continent in the fitment of vehicle safety technology.

Sikkie Kajee, chairperson of AA South Africa said: “#StopTheCrash demonstrates the important technologies available to avoid crashes. Africa is the least motorised continent in the world but has the highest per capita death rate. We simply have to deal with this crisis; one way is to avoid crashes.

“While vehicles in South Africa meet minimum standards, we again highlight the fact that for us, minimum is not good enough and more needs to be done to protect road users. We have an obligation to see this happen.”

Electronic Stability Control (ESC)

ESC is the most significant advance in vehicle safety since the introduction of the seat belt and one of the most important crash-avoidance systems currently available. This anti-skid technology has already helped prevent hundreds of thousands of loss of control crashes and saved tens of thousands of lives. On dry, wet, or slippery roads if the vehicle starts to skid, ESC corrects the slide by reducing engine torque and braking individual wheels to bring the vehicle back on course.

The system uses sensors to continuously monitor the stability of the vehicle.

When an unstable state is detected, for instance as the result of a sudden direction change, ESC responds in milliseconds and stabilises the vehicle. If the system senses oversteer (i.e. that the rear of the car is starting to drift sideways out of the turn), ESC applies the brakes to the front wheel on the outside of the turn to create a counteracting torque about the vertical axis of the vehicle.

This stabilises the vehicle and turns it back onto the path intended by the driver.

Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB)

AEB is an advanced safety technology that can help drivers avoid or mitigate collisions with other vehicles or vulnerable road users.

AEB systems use forward-looking radar, cameras or optical sensors or a combination of these sensors to help quickly and accurately detect impeding vehicles, pedestrians and potentially other obstacles.

AEB helps provide constant monitoring of the road ahead and is designed to assist the driver by automatically applying the brakes if they do not respond in an imminent crash situation. AEB currently exists in three formats: City, InterUrban and Pedestrian.

(Video by Carlos Muchave)

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