Beginning of 2016, the European safety organisation Euro NCAP will introduce a new test for cars that will check how well vehicles autonomously detect and prevent collisions with pedestrians.
The European safety organisation Euro NCAP is in a continuing search to find new ways to force the automakers to improve their cars’ safety systems, every year new tests being introduced in this regard. Therefore, from 2016 Euro NCAP will test how well cars autonomously detect and prevent collisions with pedestrians. According to the safety organisation, Europe needs new car technologies to address the number of pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists killed and injured on its roads every year. In 2014 these types of accidents accounted for almost half of Europe’s 26,000 road deaths.
Euro NCAP will test vehicles’ response to pedestrians in simulations of the three most common urban scenarios: adults walking and running into the vehicle’s path and a child stepping out from behind a parked car. If the carmakers want their cars to achieve high scores on a Euro NCAP testing, vehicles should be able to prevent collisions with specially developed pedestrian dummies at speeds of up to 40kmh (25mph). At more challenging speeds of 40-60kmh (25-37mph), the tests aim to reduce the collision speed to less than 40kmh, making the impact more survivable.
“Although this technology is rapidly developing, it’s not yet possible to prevent every collision with a pedestrian in the real world,” said Euro NCAP Secretary General, Dr Michiel van Ratingen. “But vehicles designed to perform well in these tests will be better equipped to prevent these thousands of needless deaths and life-changing injuries on our European roads.” Autonomous Emergency Braking Pedestrian systems are already offered on several vehicles tested by Euro NCAP, including Audi Q7, BMW 2-Series and BMW i3, Ford Mondeo, Lexus NX, Mercedes C-Class, Mini Cooper, Volvo V40, XC90, Toyota Avensis and VW Passat.