According to the World Health Organization, every year about 1.3 million people die globally in a car accident, and another 50 million people are injured on the world’s roads. A disproportionate 93% of all fatal car accident are in low and middle-income countries, which have only slightly more than half of the world’s vehicles. As the world’s population grows, particularly in emerging economies, challenges like road safety and mobility must be addressed to ensure people across the globe can lead safe, healthy, and prosperous lives.
3M has pledged support as a founding donor to a newly established United Nations Road Safety Trust Fund to combat the car accident rate. The company committed $US250,000 to the UN Road Safety Trust Fund which aims to accelerate progress in improving global road safety by bridging the gaps in the mobilization of resources for effective action at all levels.
The Fund will support concrete actions to reduce the car accident rate that are aligned with the five pillars of the Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety:
- Strengthened road safety management capacities
- Improved safety of road infrastructure and broader transport networks
- Enhanced safety of vehicles
- Improved behaviour of road users
- Improved post-crash care
By working with leading global organizations, including the United Nations, Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile, and the International Road Federation, 3M says it hopes to improve road safety and realize zero fatalities through the deployment of advanced technologies – ie eliminate every car accident. Good luck with that 3M – it’s a noble goal though probably a little aspirational – even Tesla can’t stop it’s ultra high-tech fully-autonomous cars having accidents including some very high profile fatalities. See more at https://www.nationalcollisionrepairer.com.au/us-consumers-union-calls-on-tesla-to-improve-autopilot-safety/?utm_source=The+National+Collision+Repairer+E-Newsletter&utm_campaign=ca04966d2a-E_NEWSLETTER_CAMPAIGN_2018_4_24&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_01bfeaeb33-ca04966d2a-169236685&ct=t(E_NEWSLETTER_CAMPAIGN_24_4_2018)&mc_cid=ca04966d2a&mc_eid=3d2fb294a1
We suspect there will always be a need for quality panelbeaters, and for Crash Management – especially on Auckland roads!