Driver assistance technologies put to the test by authorities

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A new test being introduced by Euro NCAP will check how well vehicles autonomously detect and prevent collisions with pedestrians. This will make it simpler for consumers and manufacturers to find out which systems work best.

The organization will test vehicles’ responses to pedestrians in simulations of the three most common urban collision scenarios: adults walking or running into the vehicle’s path, and a child stepping out from behind a parked car. To earn a good score in the test, vehicles should be able to prevent collisions with specially developed pedestrian dummies at speeds of up to 40km/h (25mph). At more challenging speeds of 40-60km/h (25-37mph), the tests aim to reduce the collision speed to less than 40km/h, making the impact more survivable.

Meanwhile, the strikeable surrogate vehicle (SSV) will be used by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to test emergency braking assistance systems in the USA. The SSV consists of a carbon target that realistically mimics the rear end of a car, which is pulled by a sled carrier structure with a towing vehicle along a guiding track rail measuring around 460m.

In the test, the SSV simulates a vehicle driving ahead which is detected by the test specimen’s assist system and triggers a braking or evasion maneuver.

Messring provides a new multi-purpose solution suitable for this test procedure as well as the Euro NCAP AEB test procedure.

December 7, 2015

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