Equipping new cars with the latest digital safety devices couldprevent thousands of road deaths in the European Union and savebillions of euros by reducing traffic, a senior European Commissionofficial said Tuesday.

Under the “intelligent cars” initiative due to be unveiled Thursdayby IT commissioner Viviane Reding, the Commission wants toencourage car makers to install the latest safety devices in newvehicles. According to Commission figures, a range of digitaltechnologies could cut road deaths by around 10 percent and preventthousands of accidents. In addition, better electronic trafficmanagement systems could help reduce congestion, which costs theE.U.’s economy around



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