To ensure the safe adoption assisted driving technologies, Euro NCAP has announced it’s developed a dedicated test and assessment protocol, and a grading system that helps consumers understand the conclusions of the tests and compare assistance performance at the highest level.
It’s also released its second series of Highway Assist tests. The latest test series includes ten cars that offer Highway Assist: the Audi Q8, the BMW 3 Series, the Ford Kuga, the Mercedes GLE, the Nissan Juke, the Peugeot 2008, the Renault Clio, the Tesla Model 3, the Volkswagen Passat and the Volvo V60.
Dr. Michiel van Ratingen, Euro NCAP Secretary General, says: “Assisted driving technologies offer enormous benefits by reducing fatigue and encouraging safe driving. However, manufacturers must ensure that assisted driving technology does not increase the amount of harm incurred by drivers or other road users compared to conventional driving. The best systems offer a balance between the amount of assistance they provide and the level of driver engagement and should be supported by an effective safety backup.”
He adds: “The results of this round of tests demonstrate that driving assistance is fast becoming better and more readily available, but, until driver monitoring is significantly improved, the driver needs to remain responsible at all times.”