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Road safety: protecting the most vulnerable

22/06/2013 13:43 (306 Day 16:25 minutes ago)

The FINANCIAL -- When ranked amongst all causes of death, traffic-related fatalities have moved from tenth place in 1990 to eighth place in 2010, and will be the fifth biggest cause of death by 2030, Allianz reported on this in the Allianz Risk Pulse on Mobility and Road Safety Trends. Around 41% of all fatalities in traffic accidents globally are cyclists or pedestrians.


Nevertheless, there are still too few cyclists wearing helmets, believes Allianz, a German multinational financial services company. Regardless of age, the percentage of people in Germany wearing a helmet stands at just 11%. Helmets are not seen as cool, they are an irritation, you have to carry them around, and they don’t actually prevent collisions between cyclists and motorists.

But they are very effective in avoiding severe head injuries, according to the Allianz report, which notes that over 40% of serious cycling accidents result in serious head injuries. "The probability of suffering brain damage without a helmet is over double that for someone wearing a helmet," says Moser.


Yet very few countries have made helmet wearing compulsory. One of these is Finland. Some US states have regulations targeted at children and young people. In most countries, however, the compulsory wearing of helmets is a political issue. Each new law expands the remit of the authorities and some people object to that intrusion, according to Allianz.


Others point out that compulsory helmets won’t prevent accidents happening in the first place. Many argue for lower speed limits and restrictions on heavy vehicles in towns and cities, as well as more dedicated bicycle lanes. However, if cycle lanes do not exist, if reckless road use is common, and if there is limited cooperation between road-users, technology must be part of the answer.

"Allianz aims to promote the establishment of an internationally harmonized testing standard for the future, which reflects the most significant real-life accident scenarios for pedestrians," says Christoph Lauterwasser, head of the AZT.

How would it work? Experts distinguish between passive and active protection systems. The passive systems include installations on the car itself which relate to the characteristic points of impact for the head, the windshield and the hood. Technicians are currently looking into using the hood as a crumple zone and external airbags, according to Allianz.

The active systems include sensor and radar systems which can recognize pedestrians and cyclists in conditions of low visibility, and trigger an emergency brake or warning. To do this, the systems have to learn to differentiate between, say, trees and human beings, or between people waiting for a bus at the side of the road and someone about to cross the road.

The developers of airbags, ABS, ESP and other driver assistance systems have already proven that such complex challenge can be successfully overcome, thereby improving road safety, according to Allianz. In Germany, the number of fatal incidents among motorized road-users decreased from over 12,000 in 1953 to less than 4,000 in 2010. At the same time, the number of cars on the roads increased from 4.8 million to over 52 million.



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“The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”: presidential election and early parliamentary elections

23/04/2014 16:38 (1 Day 13:30 minutes ago)

The FINANCIAL -- A 14-member delegation of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), led by Stefan Schennach (Austria, SOC), will travel to “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” from 25 to 28 April to observe the conduct of the presidential election (2nd round) and the early parliamentary elections, alongside observers from the OSCE’s Parliamentary Assembly and Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), according to PACE.



Major Cloud Service Providers Slash Prices; Threaten Smaller Players’ Existence: IDC Warns

19/04/2014 13:40 (5 Day 16:28 minutes ago)

The FINANCIAL -- In the last week of March, major Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) in Asia dropped their prices for core services dramatically and IDC believes that this will make it very difficult for smaller CSPs to remain in business if they continue to rely on provision of basic, undifferentiated services, according to International Data Corporation (IDC).

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