Euro Ncap tests 10 self-assisted cars
For the first time, the European New Car Assessment Program (Euro NCAP) tested the performance of the most significant cars equipped with driver assistance systems.
The tests were carried out on the Audi A6, BMW 5 Series, DS 7 Crossback, Ford Focus, Hyundai Nexo, Mercedes C-Class, Nissan Leaf, Tesla Model S, Toyota Corolla and Volvo V60 with systems that combine Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Centering and Speed Assist Systems to support the driver in highway driving situations.
The conclusions of the tests conducted by Euro NCAP have been that to date still no car on the market offers full automation and autonomy of driving, being able to provide more assistance to the driver.
But this should not be confused with automatic driving, as the driver remains fully responsible for the safe operation of the vehicle.
Used correctly, the assistance systems offer the driver a more comfortable and relaxed driving environment, helping him to keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front.
The systems responded differently in the test scenarios. Diversified approaches have led to differences both in the balance between the inputs provided by the driver and the car respectively, and the likelihood of excessive reliance on the system.
In the more complex "cut-in" and "cut-out" scenarios, the collision can only be avoided with the help of a careful driver who reacts promptly.