58 organisations, 1 goal

Increase safe use of ADAS through the promotion of ongoing development, familiarity and purchase

ADAS as a weapon in the fight against unsafe traffic situations, pollution and traffic jams

Monday, June 3, 2019 - During the ITS European Congress, it was announced which organisations will work together to increase the safe use of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS for short) with at least 20% in 3 years in the Netherlands. That objective has been laid down in the ADAS Covenant, which has been signed by 42 public and private organisations (the "ADAS Alliance"). All these organisations have also drawn up their own implementation plan with concrete actions. Minister Cora van Nieuwenhuizen joined the act this afternoon with the launch of the new online community "Slimonderweg.nl".

ADAS Covenant

This Covenant relates to ADAS:

- in accordance with the definition of Euro NCAP (2018): ‘ADAS are driving support systems for the Assisted Driving Mode’:

  • The driver holds full responsibility but shares the control with the vehicle.
  • The vehicle and the driver share the detection of and reaction to objects and events (Object and Event Detection and Response (OEDR)).
  • The driver may not perform any secondary tasks beyond those permitted during normal driving.

- for passenger vehicles, vans and camper vans.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: What does ADAS stand for?
  • A: ADAS stands for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems.
    Examples of these are autonomous emergency braking, reversing detection, blind spot detection (blind spot monitor) and lane assist. 

  • Q: Is the ADAS Covenant a kind of quality mark?
  • A: No, the ADAS Alliance is certainly not a quality mark, but expresses the intention of participating parties to fulfill the objective of the ADAS Covenant.

  • Q: Isn't ADAS already mandatory by the EU?
  • A: A proposal has been adopted at European level for additional type-approval requirements (General Safety Regulation). This includes several ADAS. These still need to be worked out in concrete terms, but it is expected that vehicles that will be submitted for approval in 2021 must have these ADAS.
    The covenant focuses on the coming three years, also promoting systems that are not included in the European proposals. 

  • Q: What happens after June 3rd (the date that the ADAS Covenant was signed)?
  • A: The signatories to the ADAS Covenant will start working on their own ADAS Implementation Plan. This will be monitored periodically by the six parties that have taken the initiative.

  • Q: Which parties have taken the initiative for the ADAS Covenant?
  • A: RAI Association, Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, ANWB, AON, Dutch Association of Insurers and BOVAG.

  • Q: Why is an ADAS Covenant needed? Don't the benefits speak for themselves? Don't ADAS sell themselves?
  • A: Research by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management shows that about half of Dutch motorists are unfamiliar with ADAS. Even business drivers often do not know which ADAS their car is equipped with. But drivers who know that they have ADAS on board often use these systems and are also very satisfied with the quality of their ADAS. That is why it is important that motorists know what ADAS is, so that they can make a well-informed choice to purchase these systems and use them correctly in order to contribute to road safety, sustainability and traffic flow. To this end, the involvement of both public and private parties is required, all of which play an important role with information, training, research, stimulation and development. We give substance to this with the ADAS Alliance.

Members of the ADAS Alliance

For questions about the ADAS Alliance please contact

Paul Molenaar: info@adasalliantie.nl