Europe’s leading independent crash test organisation, Euro NCAP, has today announced ‘Euro NCAP Advanced,’ a reward system for new and emerging safety technologies.
The additional reward system is being introduced to complement Euro NCAP’s existing star rating scheme, by recognising and rewarding manufacturers who promote new safety technologies that have a scientifically proven safety benefit.
From lane departure warning to blind spot monitoring systems, there has been a raft of recent safety technology that fails to be appropriately measured in the current Euro NCAP crash-testing framework. Euro NCAP Advanced should offer car buyers clear guidance about the safety benefits these new technologies can offer.
‘Advanced’ rating no substitute for original Euro NCAP test
The Euro NCAP Advanced process is based entirely on the assessment of scientific evidence presented by the vehicle manufacturer. An independent panel of experts then investigates the extent of the safety problem that the new technology aims to address, tests and validates the equipment and measures its expected effectiveness.
However, cars are only eligible for the Euro NCAP Advanced reward if they have already achieved three stars in the overall rating scheme.
Dr Michiel van Ratingen, secretary general of Euro NCAP, said: “From now on consumers will be able to learn more about the benefits of advanced safety systems in their car and consult Euro NCAP for advice before deciding on a purchase.” By rewarding these technologies, van Ratingen also hopes to encourage manufacturers to accelerate the standard fitment of active safety equipment.
Euro NCAP says the first batch of ‘Advanced’ plaudits will be awarded to manufacturers at the Paris Motor Show in October.
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