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Vehicle-based intelligent safety systems are often referred to collectively as “eSafety” systems. They are electronic devices in vehicles designed to help a driver avoid danger, for example by activating the brakes if the car is too close to an object or by emitting warning signals if it strays outside its lane.

Different types of safety systems

There are many different types of electronic safety systems for cars, and new ones are constantly being developed. They range from collision-avoidance and brake-assistance systems to lane-departure warning systems. These systems are quite intrusive, but others – such as event and journey data recorders and measures to prevent car locks from being broken open – are more passive.


Intelligent speed-adaptation systems, seat-belt reminders, electronic stability control, alcohol interlocks for repeat offenders and fleet drivers, as well as event and journey data-recorders substantially increase road safety.


The ADVISORSpdf project assessed the safety, environmental performance and efficiency of advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS). It also proposed ways to make the use of ADAS more widespread.

The eSafetyAware project encourages the introduction of new vehicle-safety technology through information campaigns and other events.