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A new test for autonomous vehicles is to be implemented by safety organisation Euro NCAP, in the face of ever-developing technology.

The test will be used to see how well vehicles can autonomously detect and prevent collisions with pedestrians.

Euro NCAP’s Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) Pedestrian Test will give consumers and manufacturers a better idea of which autonomous driver assist system is the best.

The test will involve testing a vehicle’s response times to pedestrians in three urban scenarios – adults walking into the path of the car, those running into the road and a child stepping out into the road from behind a parked car.

In order to achieve the best score, vehicles should be able to prevent collisions with pedestrians from speeds of up to 25mph.

Dr Michael van Ratigen, Euro NCAP secretary general said: “These new tests are the first in the world to assess highly automated vehicle features and driver assistance systems from the pedestrian’s perspective.

“Many new cars now offer some form of AEB system that can help prevent car-to-car collisions, but only some are also able to detect pedestrians. By checking the results on Euro NCAP’s website, consumers will be able to verify manufacturers’ safety claims and choose the right AEB option.

“Although the technology is rapidly developing, it’s not yet possible to prevent every collision with a pedestrian in the real world.

“But vehicles designed to perform well in these tests will be better equipped to prevent these thousands of needless deaths and life-changing injuries on our European roads. Therefore, from 2016 the rating will give credit to those vehicle models that offer this capability.”

Jack Evans

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After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.

December 10, 2015

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