Need for a consumer information programme on eSafety
The purpose is to provide the consumer with standard information about in-car systems that may have some safety impact. This would involve the development of standard assessment methods, a consistent website for information and the application to both existing and new technologies. This programme would involve a number of steps as follows.
The Programme would oversee the development of a Technology Watch. This process would identify new technology in the pipeline at an early stage through consultations with the vehicle manufacturers and suppliers. There should be a requirement for all new technologies to be registered with the Technology Watch.
The Programme would advise on any obvious pitfalls in the new technologies. System functionality, benefits and disbenefits would be determined and this information would be provided to consumers.
Subsequent impact Assessment
A post-implementation evaluation should be carried out in both the short- medium- and long-term.