Add-On Acceleration Control Key to Preventing Elderly Traffic Accidents

Economy Politics

Tokyo, June 21 (Jiji Press)--In a nationwide push in Japan to prevent traffic accidents involving elderly drivers mistaking the gas pedal for the brake, automakers are finding that the key is to make more add-on vehicle acceleration control devices available.

The number of new vehicles equipped with acceleration control devices has grown in recent years. According to the transport ministry, the ratio of new cars equipped with the devices rose to 65.2 pct in 2017 from 35.9 pct in 2015 and 47.1 pct in 2016.

All new vehicles sold by Mazda Motor Corp. <7261> as well as most from Subaru Corp. <7270> come with the equipment as a default feature.

The acceptance of the device is "steadily growing," said an official at the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, an industry group.

But making efforts for new vehicles alone is not enough as the number of new vehicles sold in Japan annually accounts for less than a 10th of all vehicles on the road. This makes it necessary to take measures for vehicles already on the streets totaling some 61.8 million units as of March.

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