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Euro NCAP tests first batch of cars with Auto Emergency Brakes

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Text: / Photos: Euro NCAP | posted October 31, 2013 17:55

Rear-end crash avoidance systems were tested against the 2014 rating protocol

Euro NCAP have subjected the first batch of cars equipped with rear-end crash avoidance systems against its upcoming 2014 rating protocol. The test was develop to evaluate the effectiveness of Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) that is claimed capable of reducing rear-end crashes by 25% or more. If proven true, the technology will be able to significantly reduce road-related injuries.

 

For the first batch, Euro NCAP evaluated the systems of  6 vehicles when it is running at  50 km/h:

 

  • Mercedes-Benz E-Class (PRE-SAFE Brake) – Good
  • Volvo V40 (City Safety & Collision Warning with Full Auto-Brake) – Good
  • Mitsubishi Outlander (Forward Collision Mitigation) – Good
  • Ford Focus (Active City Stop) – Adequate
  • Volvo XC60 (City Safety) – Adequate

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  • Fiat 500L (City Brake Control) – Adequate

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Next, 5 vehicles were evaluated at a running speed of 80 km/h:

 

  • Mercedes-Benz E-Class (PRE-SAFE Brake) – Good
  • Volvo V40 (City Safety & Collision Warning with Full Auto-Brake) – Good
  • Volkswagen Golf VII (Front Assist) – Good

 

  • Mitsubishi Outlander (Forward Collision Mitigation) – Adequate
  • Honda Civic (Collision Mitigation Brake System) – Adequate

 

“With the limited number of systems available and tested, we can already see real differences in their performance and expected real world benefit. However we compliment the manufacturers of the systems in today’s launch, whether the system scored good, adequate or marginal, for already offering this technology onto their cars and hope that our results will help them to further develop their systems,” said Michiel van Ratingen, Euro NCAP Secretary General.

Starting January 2014, the automotive safety organization will be giving credits to manufacturers that equip their vehicles with effective forward collision warning and/or automatic braking technology.