Дорога к безопасности автомобилей

ТОКИО – Автомобиль – издавна символ свободы, статуса и успеха – оказался на перепутье. Более столетия автомобили помогали миллиардам людей путешествовать дальше, быстрее и с большей эффективностью, чем раньше. Они помогли укрепиться экономическим гигантам мира и повлияли на социальный и культурный пейзаж нашего современного общества. Но ценой за все это стали, в частности, аварии, пробки, загрязнение окружающей среды и тяжелая зависимость от нефти.

Поэтому вызов, брошенный нам, состоит в том, чтобы увеличить пользу от наших автомобилей и уменьшить (а в итоге и свести на нет) наносимый ими вред, чтобы в будущем автомобильные путешествия были чистыми, эффективными, безопасными и доступными для всех. Следовательно, чтобы наша отрасль оставалась инструментом прогресса, мы должны тесно сотрудничать с нашими партнерами из других отраслей, а также с правительством, в трех основных областях: безопасность, экологичность и доступность по цене.

Безопасность на дорогах – серьезнейшая проблема. Более 3000 человек ежедневно гибнут в происшествиях, связанных с автомобилями. В странах с более низким уровнем доходов находится только половина транспортных средств всего мира, но в них происходит более 90% смертельных случаев. В Индии автомобилей в четыре раза меньше, чем во Франции, но людей там гибнет на дорогах в двадцать раз больше – то есть на одну машину приходится в 80 раз больше происшествий.

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