New NCAP-style ratings for automated driving systems
A pioneering project aims to create a Euro-NCAP style rating for automated driving systems. Its objective is to build consumer confidence in autonomous technology and help new car buyers to make more informed purchasing decisions.
Thatcham Research is leading the project, which is funded by the UK Government’s Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles.
The project’s first independent rating will focus on Automated Lane Keeping Systems (ALKS), which enable hands-free driving. It will then develop test procedures to evaluate other automated driving systems.
The project’s safety ratings and scores, which it hopes will be adopted by consumer safety organisations such as Euro NCAP, will give drivers and insurance companies a greater understanding of the performance and safe use of automated technologies.
Jonathan Hewett, Thatcham Research Chief Executive, said: “The advent of automated driving promises to bring a host of benefits spanning safety, mobility and the environment. To realise this potential, we are developing an independent consumer safety rating scheme to foster confidence in the technology and its ability to control the vehicle.
“Not all automated driving systems will be made equal. Therefore, an independent consumer safety rating will drive best practice, while helping consumers to make informed choices and trust that it is safe to relinquish control.”