The New Car Assessment Program for Southeast Asian Countries (ASEAN NCAP) announced that they have started the second round of development tests assessing the effectiveness of Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) systems in test cars.
The announcement was made recently, in line with the group's plans when it launched its new assessment protocol for 2021-2025 in Bali, Indonesia in November last year.
The AEB test was done under the Safety Assist (SA) pillar, one of the four pillars under the third assessment protocol (2021-2025). The rest of the pillars are Adult Occupant Protection (AOP), Child Occupant Protection (COP), and Motorcyclist Safety (MS).
ASEAN NCAP said that they "will also be assessing two types of AEB system in the upcoming protocol," which is the AEB City and AEB Inter-Urban.
In its statement, the group said that it is preparing to strengthen its capacity and capability in the area of testing the effectiveness of AEB systems, with the new protocol set to commence January next year.
“This is a significant milestone in ASEAN NCAP assessment as currently (under the 2017-2020 protocol), the assessed vehicle only received points based on the availability of the system inside the vehicle,” it claimed.
According to them, ASEAN NCAP is moving a step further by including the actual assessment of AEB in order to ensure that it is effective in stopping the moving vehicle based on the following criteria:
Assessment on the effectiveness of AEB City system in a car-to-car rear stationary by driving the assessed vehicle forward at a speed of 10–60 km/h towards another stationary vehicle.
Assessment on the effectiveness of AEB Inter-Urban system in a car-to-car rear moving by driving the assessed vehicle forward at a speed of 30–60 km/h towards another vehicle that is travelling at constant speed.
ASEAN NCAP conducted the AEB development test for two consecutive days, (July 15-16) in Kuala Lumpur. The first development test was done in 2018 where ASEAN NCAP tested the effectiveness of blind spot technology fitted inside vehicles in order to detect the presence of motorcyclists riding at the blind spot zone of the moving vehicle.
MIROS Director-General Adjunct Prof. Ir. Dr. Khairil Anwar Abu Kassim, who is also ASEAN NCAP Secretary-General and acting chairman, expressed pride over the recent testing made.
“I am proud that ASEAN NCAP with the support from MIROS has successfully organized this development test in our effort to enhance our capacity and capability in AEB testing. This is part of our preparation to conduct such assessment for the new 2021-2025 protocol,” he said.
“As other technologies such as AEB becomes more mature, it is timely that we perform the actual physical assessment of the system and elevate our current assessment from just rewarding points on its availability inside the vehicle,” Kassim added.
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