Wendy Zhang/ Shanghai Daily news
The rapid development of vehicular-electronic
technologies can help wipe out traffic accidents, experts predicted at the
International Conference on Vehicular Electronics and Safety
According to the World Health Organization, nearly 1.2 million
people in the world are killed by traffic accidents every year, with nearly 50
million injured. Last year, China saw more than 450,000 traffic accidents,
causing over 98,000 deaths and 460,000 injuries.
In China, most traffic
accidents on highways are caused by vehicle collisions, with more than 30
percent resulting from tire-bursts, said Guo Konghui, a member of the Chinese
Academy of Engineering at the conference. A research team, led by Guo, has
linked tire-pressure testing equipment with vehicle brakes, so cars can stop
automatically within 0.15 of a minute once a tire-burst is detected instead of
the more than two minutes it takes a person to respond to a tire-burst. No
accidents have been reported for the past 21 road tests, Guo said.