The European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) has announced that it has tested the autonomous emergency braking (AEB) systems of two new cars, making them the first to receive a safety rating for the technology.
The Toyota Prius was the first car to be tested, and it has received five stars for its standard-fit ‘Toyota Safety Sense’ technology, which effectively demonstrated that it could recognise and avoid impacts with pedestrians.
The second car to be tested was a Suzuki Baleno, which gets three stars in standard form but ups its rating to four when fitted with the car maker’s optional ‘Radar Brake Support’, which adds AEB technology.
This demonstrates how such systems can increase a car’s safety rating and should help to motivate more manufacturers to offer AEB systems with their cars.
For cars with optional safety systems, Euro NCAP is also introducing a two-part rating system, whereby base models get given one rating, and then higher-spec models (which might have more safety features) are given another.