New Car Safety tests from NCAP introduced in 2016 for autonomous emergency braking

Published Date: 20th Apr 2016

The new test is helping the automotive industry add more safety systems as standard to new cars and also see the benefit of having this fitted, if it is not standard. This is due to new dual ratings for cars that are available with and without the new safety options

The very latest autonomous emergency braking systems can detect vehicles in all conditions and also pedestrians and will react depending on incoming velocity and the drivers brake pedal input, to then slow the car as quickly as possible to help avoid a crash or accident.

So how did the New Toyota Prius get on?

The 2016 Toyota Prius is equipped with Toyota Safety Sense or TSS as standard and effectively recognised all cars and pedestrians it was confronted with to score the top mark of 5 stars, the first five star rating of 2016 so far. The new Prius achieved an excellent 92 per cent score for overall adult occupant protection; 82 per cent for child occupants; 77 per cent for pedestrian protection performance; and 85 per cent for safety assist performance. See the full testing video below.

The Euro NCAP secretary general Dr Michiel van Ratingen Said "The dual rating will simplify the choice for the safest car”

"If the manufacturer wishes, a second rating may be published for the car fitted with a ‘safety pack’ which is available on all variants but may be sold as option or standard in some markets. This dual rating allows consumers to easily understand the safety benefit which can be achieved by the additional crash avoidance equipment offered.

“The inclusion of AEB Pedestrian in the rating is a key milestone in the development of automotive safety that will help the proliferation of the crash avoidance technology into all segments of the market. At the same time, to provide accurate and clear information to consumers about the latest systems and what benefit they might bring, is becoming more challenging.