Euro NCAP launches Highway Assist system tests
The European New Car Assessment Programme has launched a second series of tests for assisted driving technologies, along with a grading system.
The Euro NCAP has released a new grading system for assisted driving technologies in cars, rating the cars between 'entry' level, and 'very good'.
The tests focus on two key areas: ‘Assistance Competence’ is the measure of how competent a car’s assisted driving technologies are, balanced with the car keeping the driver alert instead of letting them lose focus; and ‘Safety Backup’, which is simply the car’s ability to avoid or prevent an accident itself if all else fails.
10 cars’ responses (results below) were examined across tests that include a number of highway scenarios, including: approaching a slower moving vehicle ahead, another vehicle cutting into the lane ahead, and responding quickly to a slower vehicle being revealed ahead.
The Renault Clio being tested by the dummy car cutting into it's lane, during a Euro NCAP highway scenario test.
Physical capabilities were also tested - automatic steering support at speed was tested in an S-bend manoeuvre, as was the vehicle’s response to the driver taking over control to avoid an obstacle.
Dr Michiel van Ratinger, Euro NCAP Secretary said:
“Assisted driving technologies offer enormous benefits by reducing fatigue and encouraging safe driving,” and that “the results of this round of tests demonstrate that driving assistance is fast become better and more readily available.”
He also reaffirmed that “the driver needs to remain responsible at all times.”
The initial wave of new cars tested have each been given a rating - ‘entry’, ‘moderate’, ‘good’, or ‘very good’, as well as percentage scores for the two areas of testing.
A snapshot of the initial test scores - the lowest and highest individual scores have been highlighted.
For more detailed results to the first 10 cars tested, full results with commentary can be found on the Euro NCAP website here.
What do you think? How much do you trust assisted driving technologies?