Soon, your car will be designed with Frontal Protection System to avoid road fatalities in the event of an accident with a pedestrian.
The government is going to ask automobile manufacturer to equip future models with the system and help reduce pedestrian fatalities. The system will involve changes in the design of the front bumper, bonnets, leading edges windshield and pillars to take the impact of the crash with energy absorbing materials.
The new safety guidelines would be part of the notification by the roads transport and highways ministry which will make it mandatory for all cars to have star ratings based on the safety features.
The test for rating the car for safety will also include a score for pedestrian safety, this will be instrumental in the car to get a five-star rating.
The Global National Car Assessment Programme (GNCAP) had recently organised car safety test, most of the top selling car models in India got zero star ratings.
The government has set the deadline of October 2017 for new models to pass minimum frontal and side crash tests. This test will be at 64kmph for the frontal crash and the side will be at 50kmph.
"We always focus on passenger safety but have never worried about the safety of pedestrians. We want auto companies to work on their frontal designs so that the impact of a collision could be reduced to minimise road deaths," the official explained.
"Several European countries are also working on the same safety guidelines for passengers. Also, it would make consumers take an informed decision," the official said.
Nearly 14,000 pedestrians are killed in road accidents and over 50,000 receive severe injuries based on the figures provided by the ministry.
The official said, "We'll ask the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) to ensure all its members to have their future models equipped according to government's guidelines,"