Status report and future development of the Euro NCAP program 2001-06-0229
Euro NCAP has prevailed as the uniform consumer protection crash
test program throughout Europe. It delivers information about
occupant protection during frontal and side impact collision and
about pedestrian protection. Since the start of the program in 1996
nine test series have been conducted so far and a total of about
100 vehicle models have been analyzed.
The test procedures are founded on real life accident studies
and have been developed on the basis of current standards or
drafts. However impact speeds and vehicle occupancy in some cases
exceed the defined values. The rating system uses dummy loading as
well as dummy and vehicle related modifiers. Both test and rating
procedures continuously are tuned and developed further in close
co- ordination with research and industry. For this Euro NCAP has
established a route map for the next 10 years.
During the ongoing short time phase existing modifiers are
objetivized and additional modifiers are introduced. Additionally
integration of child restraint performance in overall rating are
under discussion. For the second medium time phase new procedures
such as rear impact/whiplash protection tests are planned.
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