Euro NCAP Toughens Test Protocols With New Changes

Euro NCAP Toughens Test Protocols With New Changes

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The introduction of a new moving barrier to moving car frontal crash test will be expanding to both occupants and collision partner

European New Car Assessment Programme has updated its test protocols by introducing parameters across occupant protection, post-crash protection, and promote driver assistance programs. The new addition is a moving barrier to moving car frontal crash test instead of the regulation-based moderate offset-deformable barrier test. The 23-year-old test evaluates protection for occupants, but this new replacement test will assess the front-end structures contributing to injuries in the collision partner. Crucial innovations this time include the Mobile Progressive Deformable Barrier and to rate vehicle compatibility, as well as the adoption of the world’s most advanced ‘thor’ mid-size male crash test dummy. Further updates have been included in side impacts testing, where adjustments to the near-side barrier test speed and mass making the test more severe.

Euro NCAP will now evaluate far-side impact protection with a focus on driver protection and interaction between the driver and front-seat passenger. This will verify the relevance of the new centre airbags. New and more challenging test scenarios have been added to rate AEB technology for cars and vulnerable road users, including back over situations and turning at a crossing. The first step is taken to evaluate Driver Status Monitoring systems, designed to detect driver fatigue and distraction, as part of the safety Assist assessment. Since post-crash safety is vital in a crash, new rating rules have been developed to promote better post-crash safety. Also, manufacturers will be rewarded when rescue information is accurate and easily available. These post-crash assessments also include parameters ease of extrication, electric door handles, and eCall functions. Euro NCAP is aware that the current coronavirus pandemic has been disruptive for businesses and productivity; hence, testing has been placed on hold temporarily.