Euro NCAP puts automated driving technology to the test
Story from Euro NCAP.
More than 70% of car drivers believe that it is already possible to purchase a car that can drive itself, according to a new #TestingAutomation consumer survey commissioned by Euro NCAP, Global NCAP and Thatcham Research.
Published to coincide with Euro NCAP’s first assessment of automated driving technology, the survey findings are in stark contrast to the current capabilities of such systems and highlight the significant confusion that exists amongst motoring consumers when it comes to the reality of automated or autonomous driving.
As part of its ongoing commitment to independently assess the benefits of new vehicle safety technologies, Euro NCAP has tested the comparative performance of so-called Highway Assist systems in ten cars: the Audi A6, BMW 5 Series, DS 7 Crossback, Ford Focus, Hyundai NEXO, Mercedes-Benz C Class, Nissan LEAF, Tesla Model S, Toyota Corolla and the Volvo V60. Highway Assist systems combine Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Centering and Speed Assist Systems to support the driver in driving situations on motorways.
Euro NCAP’s key conclusions from these tests include:
- No car on the market today offers full automation or autonomy.
- Cars on the market today can provide driver assistance but this should not be confused with automated driving. The driver remains fully responsible for safe driving.
- Used correctly, this technology can help the driver to maintain a safe distance, speed and to stay within the lane.
- These systems should not be used in situations they are not designed for and should not be relied upon as an alternative to safe and controlled driving.
- Different manufacturers have implemented different approaches to the application of driver assistance technologies in terms of the level of assistance given to the driver.
- Euro NCAP’s tests assess and highlight these differences and the varying degree of driver support each manufacturer provides.
Michiel van Ratingen, Euro NCAP Secretary General said,
“Euro NCAP’s message from these tests is clear - cars, even those with advanced driver assistance systems, need a vigilant, attentive driver behind the wheel at all times. It is imperative that state-of-the-art passive and active safety systems remain available in the background as a vital safety backup."
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