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Pedestrian safety tested by organisation using AEB cars on road

  • Nov 12, 2015
  • EmmaArnold

A new test was introduced by a European safety organisation to check the automatic breaking on vehicles.

Euro NCAP focussed on pedestrian safety with this test to see how well the automatic breaks on new cars prevent collisions with pedestrians.

The aim of the test is to make it simpler for consumers and manufacturers to find out which systems work best.

The organisation tested various scenarios including; an adult walking and running into a vehicle's path ad a child stepping out from behind a parked car.

A video of the range of tests can be watched below which shows the specially developed pedestrian dummy in action.

In order to score well, vehicles should be able to prevent collisions at speeds of up to 25mph.

The autonomous emergency breaking (AEB) system should kick in at higher speeds to reduce the speed to less than 25mph to increase the likelihood of survival on impact.

With many new cars offering some form of AEB system to prevent car-to-car collision, some do not detect pedestrians and so these tests are the first in the world to assess AEB from the pedestrian's perspective.

Euro NCAP hopes the vehicles which perform well in these tests will be better equipped to prevent thousands of needless road deaths and serious injuries.

Nicola Mepstead, Senior Solicitor at PotterReesDolan, said:

Although this only appears to be a system available on a limited number of new cars at the moment, it bears well for the future and avoiding the devastating injuries that can be caused to pedestrians. Let’s hope the technology continues to advance and becomes more common place.

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