Euro NCAP puts autonomous pedestrian detection to the test

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Euro NCAP is introducing a new test that will check how well vehicles autonomously detect and prevent collisions with pedestrians.

Euro NCAP secretary general, Dr Michiel van Ratingen, said, “These new tests are the first in the world to assess highly automated vehicle features and driver assistance systems from the pedestrian’s perspective. Many new cars now offer some form of AEB system that can help prevent car-to-car collisions, but only some are also able to detect pedestrians. By checking the results on Euro NCAP’s website, consumers will be able to verify manufacturers’ safety claims and choose the right AEB option.”

Euro NCAP will test vehicles’ responses to pedestrians in simulations of the three most common urban 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.

November 18, 2015

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