Making an Impact
As the name suggests, Euro NCAP – The European New Car Assessment Programme – are responsible for coordinating independent safety assessments of new vehicles to provide European consumers with an invaluable guide to safety and manufacturers with some clear targets.
As the UK’s only Euro NCAP accredited crash testing centre, Thatcham Research have a key role, both in crash testing to evaluate the protection offered by the vehicle in the event of a crash (secondary safety) and in the development of testing protocols for new technology designed to prevent the crash happening in the first place.
“Vehicle safety has undergone significant progress during recent years and the years to come will involve great changes to take account of the newest and essential technology on offer. I look forward to supporting Euro NCAP’s initiatives and role in Europe to supply consumers with precise safety information and safer vehicles.” Andrew Miller, President of Euro NCAP and Chief Technical Officer at Thatcham Research
Thatcham Research & Euro NCAP
Thatcham Research have been a key member of Euro NCAP – the pan-European, consumer focused vehicle safety organisation, since 2005. In 2012 the centre became the first and only UK based Euro NCAP accredited crash testing centre, but in line with their 2020 road map, the focus now is very much on evaluating the technologies that will stop the crash happening in the first place. A vehicle to vehicle AEB assessment was introduced in 2014 and this will be extended further from January 2016 with a pedestrian AEB test. As more sophisticated camera based AEB systems are introduced on many new vehicles the capacity for vehicles to recognise pedestrians and other vulnerable road users becomes possible. In 2018, a test evaluating AEB cyclist detection and avoidance will raise the bar for vehicle manufacturers still further. By 2020, amongst other things NCAP will be looking to evaluate ADAS systems that can provide protection at junctions or intersections.
Thatcham Research are:
- Members of the of P-NCAP working group
- Members of AEB working Group
- Chair of RCAR P-Safe primary safety working group
- Member of NHTSA CIB AEB Group
- Board members of Euro NCAP
- Members of Harmonisation Platforms
- AEB tests targets & evaluation group
- AEB Round Robin laboratory programme
- Founding member of RCAR
- Official Euro NCAP accredited test facility