Assisted Driving Grading provides clarity

The Thatcham Research and Euro NCAP Assisted Driving Grading programme gives motorists the crucial insight they need to understand and use today’s Assisted Driving technology safely. This video explains the categories used to assess the effectiveness of Assisted Driving systems.

Striking the right balance

The safest Assisted Driving systems should provide a good balance of performance across three key areas: the technical competence of the system and the assistance it can safely offer, the feedback the system gives to the driver to prevent over-reliance, and the quality of the car’s safety back-up mechanisms in the event of an emergency.

Key Assisted Driving definitions 

Vehicle Assistance

This is what a car does to support the motorist while driving. Typically, assistance technology works in unison to help control the vehicle’s speed and steering. 


Driver Engagement

To operate Assisted Driving systems safely, it’s crucial the driver is always engaged with the driving process. Cars must monitor driver engagement, clearly communicate the assistance status, and make it easy for the driver to engage with the assisted system.  


Safety Backup

This is what a car does to protect its occupants in the event of an emergency – be it a system failure, a driver becoming unresponsive or an imminent collision. All Assisted Driving technology should be underpinned by a robust safety back-up capability. 


How the grading works

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