The car market in Europe and Switzerland is facing major upheaval. The EU wants to make traffic safer with its rules. The industry resisted parts of the package, and buyers could soon feel the changes in their wallets.

The EU requires car manufacturers to in New cars will be built in black boxes and control functions such as speed assistants in the future.

 In the future, cars should be able to measure the alcohol level

The regulation will come into force on July 1st of this year.

In the future, cars should-measure the alcohol level can measure

The rules will also apply to new cars in Switzerland in the future, as confirmed by the Federal Roads Office (Astra).


  • The European Union is introducing new rules for new cars from this summer. Cars, trucks and buses should become safer.

  • To do this, the EU is forcing manufacturers to build black boxes and a whole host of control functions into their cars.

  • The new rules will also apply in Switzerland. The industry resisted – sometimes successfully.

Too much alcohol, too fast a pace, too close to the vehicle in front: in the future, new cars in the EU must be able to warn of all this. Switzerland is also adopting the new set of rules from Brussels. The economic bloc wants to achieve a noble goal: By 2050 there should be practically no more fatal road accidents.

The system will apply from July 1st of this year. Cars that are already on sale today do not need to be retrofitted. In the future, warning systems will warn of dangers and the movements of motorists will be recorded. A spokesman for the Federal Roads Office (Astra) told the Tamedia newspapers: “Whether the turn signal was on, the light was on or the airbag has opened properly, these questions can be answered.”

As is the case with black boxes that are used in aircraft, the new regulation should make it easier to evaluate accidents in the future. The range of measures that the EU will demand from manufacturers in the future goes a long way. A particularly explosive aspect provides connections for possible future built-in breathalyzer. In the future, vehicles could no longer be started this way if the driver's alcohol level is too high. Built-in speed restrictions will also become a reality. If you are driving too fast, the car warns you first before it can even reduce the speed itself.

The car lobby has successfully fought further tightening

Emergency brakes should be part of the safety package as well as lane change assistants, which can prevent you from leaving a lane. If you are on the road for a long time, passenger cars should in future indicate that a break would be good. Manufacturers should even protect their new cars against cyber attacks in the future. There are additional regulations for trucks and buses, such as settings to avoid collisions due to the blind spot in the driver's cab.

Soon it will blink even more in new cars than it does today. With some planned restrictions, lobby organizations from the automotive industry have successfully pressed the brakes, as «Spiegel» reported last week. For example, the speed systems can still be switched off. The decision is criticized by pedestrian organizations. The authorities have also responded to the concerns of skeptics with the black box functions: The recordings would start or only five seconds before an event. evaluated, explains the Astra spokesman.

Are new cars getting more expensive now? That could be good, explains a spokesman for Auto Switzerland to the Tamedia newspapers. The manufacturers would probably not be able to install the new functions in their vehicles without passing some of the costs on to the buyers. In the past few months, the prices for cars in Switzerland have risen sharply due to global bottlenecks in the supply chain.

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By Teresa Tapmleton

Teresa Tampleton has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Nizh TEkegram, Teresa Tampleton worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7341

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