Euro NCAP begins testing driver-assist technologies

The European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) is launching a new set of safety tests designed to evaluate driver assistance systems. Aside from seeing how well these systems function, the new tests are also designed give consumers a better understanding of driver assists with different names and functionalities, by fitting them in neat categories.

Euro NCAP’s new assessment protocols focus on three key main areas: Assistance Competence for how well the systems work, Vehicle Assistance for the extent to which it keeps the driver alert and engaged (Driver Engagement) – and Safety Backup, for the system’s effectiveness in critical situations.

Some of the driver assistance systems that will be tested include Highway Assist (HA), a technology designed to make motorway driving safer by reducing fatigue and encouraging safe driving. Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), and Lane Centering (LC) equipment will also be tested.

The tests will involve

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