• August 12, 2020

  • Abby Nuttall

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The European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) are introducing new safety tests that are designed to improve occupant and post-crash protection and promote the latest advanced driver assistance technology.

Every two years the test protocols are updated to toughen them up and keep up with the advances in vehicle technology.

One of the main improvements made in the latest updates is the implementation of a new moving barrier to the moving car frontal crash test. This will replace the regulation-based moderate offset-deformable barrier test which Euro NCAP have been using for the last 23 years.

The new testing will not only look at how well the occupants inside the car are protected but also assess how the cars’ front-end structure contributes to injuries in other vehicles involved in a collision.

Euro NCAP will test the latest generation of crash prevention and driver assistance systems, and new test scenarios have been added to rate ARB technology for cars and vulnerable users which include back over simulations and turning at a crossing.

The latest updates to testing protocol also look at post-crash safety as well. Working with CTIF, the International Association of Fire and Rescue Services, they have developed new rating rules to promote better post-crash safety. 

Manufacturers will be rewarded when rescue information is accurate and easily available.

With the current pandemic, Euro NCAP testing has been on hold for the last few months and is expected to be for a little time longer.