The Euro NCAP crash test reveals its future (and its requirements)

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The Euro NCAP test wants to adapt to the technological evolution of the automotive sector.

The Euro NCAP crash test unveils its future (and its requirements)

It is a well-known name in the automotive industry. The Euro NCAP crash test is getting a makeover. First of all, remember that the European New Car Assessment Program is an independent international organization created in 1997. It tests the ability of a vehicle to protect its passengers, as well as vulnerable road users such as pedestrians or cyclists.< /p>

Zero death objective

In a document published on Wednesday, the body unveiled a new roadmap called Vision 2030. The objective is to modify the crash tests in order to take into account the technological evolution of vehicles. Everything will start in 2026 but will then materialize in the following three years

“ The achievements of Euro NCAP over its 25 years of existence attest to the enduring success and relevance of the programme. Despite major developments in passenger car safety, our work is not done. Euro NCAP is confident that it can further improve vehicle safety over the next decade, in support of a Vision Zero that aims to eliminate fatalities and serious injuries in road accidentse,” proudly announces Dr. Niels Ebbe Jacobsen, President of Euro NCAP in a statement.

For this, the organization will target four major areas related to road safety: safe driving, accident prevention, protection against accidents, and safety after an accident. All this remains rather vague, but Euro NCAP then becomes more precise. In particular, the body says it wants to improve testing for vulnerable road users, and will introduce scoring incentives for a series of driver monitoring systems.

Similarly, the test will include the assessment of systems assisted and automated driving assistance, as well as the assessment of technology that monitors driver impairment. New requirements to improve the actual effectiveness of speed assist technologies will also be introduced. Other safety tests are planned, and we are not going to list them all here, but Euro NCAP wants to verify that the manufacturers' technologies keep all their promises.

All this makes Michiel van Ratingen optimistic , Secretary General of Euro NCAP, who concludes: “In developing timely voluntary standards for advanced security technologies, Euro NCAP sees an opportunity to act as a catalyst to accelerate the 8217;adopting and promoting best practices, not only for passenger cars but also for the commercial vehicle fleet ».