Euro NCAP has launched Road Map 2025, setting out a timeline for the introduction of new automated driving technologies.
Published today (12 Sept) as part of Euro NCAP’s 20th anniversary celebrations, the report outlines – for the first time – the ‘priorities for the mobility and technological revolution the auto industry is just beginning to experience’.
Road Map 2025’s objective is to offer clarity and confidence to motoring consumers, highlighting the benefits of new automated driving technologies, while also helping to ensure their safety potential is fully realised.
In the report, Euro NCAP says it will challenge vehicle manufacturers to offer the best possible technology as standard, protecting not only car occupants of all ages but also the safety of other more vulnerable road users.
The Road Map outlines a timeline for the introduction of new ‘primary safety’ technologies, including: driver monitoring (2020), automatic emergency steering (2020, 2022), autonomous emergency braking (2020, 2022), Vehicle to Vehicle Data Exchange and Vehicle to Infrastructure (2024)
‘Secondary’ safety features, such as whiplash/rear-end crash protection (2020) and pedestrian and cyclist safety (2022) are also included.
Pierre Castaing, Euro NCAP president, said: “Safety has come a long way since we started testing cars 20 years ago and consumers now see it as a key aspect of their purchasing decision.
“Many predict that the car and our personal mobility will change more in the next 10 years than it has in the last 100.
“Going forward one of Euro NCAP’s vital roles will be to offer clear, impartial guidance on these emerging and increasingly automated technologies, while also raising awareness of their significant life saving benefits.”
Michiel van Ratingen, Euro NCAP secretary general, said: “The potential safety benefits of automated driving are huge. If we can eliminate human error, we should see road casualty numbers tumbling and many lives being saved.
“But there is a lot of misunderstanding, over-expectation and perhaps some suspicion, of a world in which cars can drive themselves. Our role will be to provide clear information to consumers about the degree of automation in a car and how safely that automation has been implemented.”
Category: Vehicles & technology.