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EuroNCAP tests pedestrian protection: new test for autonomous braking systems

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'These new tests are the first in the world to assess these assistance systems from the pedestrian perspective', says the Secretary General of Euro NCAP, Michiel van Ratingen. Many of these so-called AEB systems (Assisted Emergency Braking) could help prevent collisions with other cars, but not all of them are able to recognize pedestrians. From 2016 onwards, consumers could find out which vehicles from which manufacturers achieved this and performed well in the tests.

The new EuroNCAP tests run through the three most common scenarios in urban traffic: Adults who follow the Cars cross either quickly or slowly, as well as children jumping out from behind parked cars and in front of them. To do well in the test, the cars should be able to prevent collisions with the specially developed pedestrian dummies at speeds of up to 40 km /h. At higher speeds of 40 to 60 km /h, the vehicles should reduce the force of the impact by braking to below 40 km /h in good time.

'Although this technology is developing rapidly, it is in reality not yet possible to avoid every collision with pedestrians, 'says van Ratingen. 'But the vehicles that do well in the tests will help prevent thousands of senseless deaths and devastating injuries on Europe's roads.'

The new pedestrian crash tests will be part of the EuroNCAP crash test assessment from 2016. Without successful pedestrian protection there will be no more 5-star rating.

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