ANCAP has announced it’s entering a transition period and by 2018 will be aligned in its testing and protocols with Euro NCAP.

ANCAP has announced it will be more closely aligned with Euro NCAP with, from 2015, ANCAP no longer re-assessing Euro NCAP test data. “From 2015, this re-assessment will no longer occur with ANCAP safety ratings published as provided by Euro NCAP,” reads the ANCAP’s Rating Road Map.

For 15 years ANCAP has been able to produce half its ratings from test data sourced from Euro NCAP. This has been invaluable to consumers and over time this value will grow, ANCAP said in a statement. “By 2018 ANCAP and Euro NCAP policies and protocols will be largely aligned.”

“Improvements in vehicle safety design and development in the past few years have been swift and substantial – particularly in the realm of advanced safety assist collision avoidance technologies – and test programs the world over are adjusting their plans to match pace,” said ANCAP Chief Executive Officer, Nicholas Clarke.

“The ANCAP Rating Road Map already takes some of these changes and advancements into account however given the rapid pace at which vehicle safety is moving, and the need for new car assessment programs (NCAPs) to acknowledge these advancements, ANCAP has revised and expanded its forward plan.”

“This is an important step in the evolution of ANCAP and NCAPs worldwide as we work together to share knowledge, data and expertise; and encourage manufacturers to develop cars for a global market,” Clarke said.

ANCAP will still continue to test locally and publish ANCAP crash safety ratings independent of Euro NCAP, but where the model has been tested by Euro NCAP, no re-assessment will be required and the Euro NCAP results will receive ANCAP acceptance due to the alignment of tests and protocols.

A range of new and updated physical crash tests will be introduced, as well as performance testing safety assist technology, including: autonomous emergency braking (AEB), lane support systems (LSS), speed assistance systems (SAS) and electronic stability control (ESC). This broadened suite of tests will become part of ANCAP’s overall test regime from 2018.


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