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Euro NCAP Tests High- and Low-Speed Autonomous Braking Systems

Mercedes and Volvo lead in the ratings

Volvo did incredibly well in the tests as well

Autonomous emergency braking systems are beginning to become commonplace despite being a relatively new safety technology. Euro NCAP has completed its first test of autonomous braking systems by testing eight vehicles in simulated rear end crashes.

Euro NCAP believes that the modern systems can be separated into two types. City systems work at low speeds of about 50km/h to reduce rear end accidents and neck injuries. Inter-Urban systems work at higher speeds of about 80km/h to mitigate serious injuries.

It gave the systems between one and three points, which translated to one point for marginal systems, two points for adequate systems and three points for good systems.

In the city system test, Euro NCAP evaluated:

Mercedes Benz E-ClassE-Class Gen.5Mercedes-Benz E-Class Gen.5Germany, 2009 > present488 versions
755 photos
- PRE-SAFE Brake - Good

Volvo V40V40 (modern) Gen.1Volvo V40 (modern) Gen.1Sweden, 2013 > present266 versions
390 photos
- City Safety & Collision Warning with Full Auto-Brake - Good

Mitsubishi OutlanderOutlander Gen.3Mitsubishi Outlander Gen.3Japan, 2013 > present27 versions
64 photos
- Forward Collision Mitigation - Good

Volvo XC60XC60Volvo XC60Sweden, 2008 > present283 versions
377 photos
1 video
- City Safety - Adequate

Fiat 500L500L 1.4 MultiAir Turbo PopFiat 500L 1.4 MultiAir Tu...Italy, 2014 > present5 photos
- City Brake Control - Adequate

Ford FocusFord Focus (UK) Gen.3Ford Ford Focus (UK) Gen.3United Kingdom, 2011 > present253 versions
302 photos
- Active City Stop - Adequate

For the Inter-Urban system test, Euro NCAP tested each system twice. The first time braking when the system warned the driver, and the second time when not responding at all and letting the system do all the braking.

It tested:

Mercedes Benz E-Class - PRE-SAFE Brake - Good

Volvo V40 - City Safety & Collision Warning with Full Auto-Brake - Good

Volkswagen GolfVolkswagen Golf Gen.7 [VII]Volkswagen Volkswagen Golf Gen.7 [VII]Germany, 2012 > present446 versions
504 photos
- Front Assist - Good

Mitsubishi Outlander - Forward Collision Mitigation - Adequate

Honda CivicCivic Gen.9Honda Civic Gen.9Japan, 2011 > present100 versions
193 photos
- Collision Mitigation Brake System – Marginal

In January, Euro NCAP’s safety testing will begin giving points to automakers that include the technology in their cars, but this test represents a baseline for future testing.

V40 (modern) Gen.1V40 (modern) Gen.1




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