Study underlines limitations in current driver assistance systems

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A study that has demonstrated the limitations in current assisted driving technologies was conducted using AB Dynamics’ Guided Soft Target.

As part of the study, Euro NCAP has released a series of videos assessing currently available driver assistance systems to demonstrate to drivers why they should not become over-reliant on them.

Cut-out tests proved to be the most challenging; this is where a car, directly in front of the subject vehicle, leaves the lane abruptly to avoid a stopped car ahead, leaving the system only a short time to identify and react to the situation.

AB Dynamics’ GST, a self-propelled platform carrying a soft vehicle target, was prominent in this test as it can be hit at speed causing no damage to the subject vehicle and therefore no injury to the driver.

AB Dynamics’ range of ADAS targets can be used in complex vehicle testing including moving test environments, designed to evaluate a vehicle’s safety.

Jeremy Ash, head of commercial at AB Dynamics, said, “This is an important study from our customers within Euro NCAP as it highlights that drivers should be attentive at all times and not rely on these systems. Demand for our testing equipment from global vehicle manufacturers and testing authorities is high and there is still a significant amount of testing to be done on these systems before drivers can be fully reliant on them.”

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