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Euro NCAP awards the best security innovations

- At the Paris Motor Show, the European Security Institute (EURO NCAP) showed the security systems which most ‘scientifically verifiable’ benefits provide to car users.

Advanced EuroNcap this is an area of European security institute devoted to assessing the development of new safety technologies to be made available on vehicles and to encourage the global automotive market towards rapid standardization of these security features.

The idea is to, not only motivate companies to guide their efforts towards ever more modern vehicles, but to ensure that customers have enough information to choose the best car market options.

The assessment is from two points of view: one, to reward the latest innovations, on secondly, to provide EuroNcap tools that will help them develop new protocols and include them in the crash tests.

WINNING TECHNOLOGIES

Audi Side Assist: helps the driver safely change lanes. Thanks to radar sensors located on the rear bumper, the system controls traffic in the blind spots using a LED.

Advanced eCall BMW Assist: it is an automatic emergency call that also predicts the likely injury severity of the occupants. If the impact sensors detect a vehicle has had an accident, the system automatically sends an emergency call to the BMW center and provides detailed information regarding the incident.

Honda Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS): at speeds below 15 kph, moving or parked vehicles on the road are detected up to 220 feet away. The vehicle warns the driver and if he/she does not react, tightens the belts and brakes abruptly.

Mercedes-Benz Pre-Safe and Pre-Safe Brake: functions recognizeing imminent accidents by signals sent in a split second stability control sensor (ESP) and Brake Assist (BAS). The system tenses seatbelts, adjusts the seat and closes the sunroof. Once the danger passes, it resets these devices to their original settings.

Opel Eye: a survey camera installed between the windshield and the rearview mirror provides information about detected speed limits and warns of unintended lane changes through acoustic signals.

Peugeot Connect SOS is an emergency call service that allows, in case of accidents, to locate the vehicle and send assistance. If airbags or seat belts are activated, the vehicle automatically launches an emergency call without driver intervention.

Localized Citroën Emergency Call: This is the same as the Peugeot system, where the car ‘alerts’ of an accident and calls for help.

Volkswagen Lane Assist: a camera installed in front of the rearview mirror reads the road and if it notices that the driver changes lanes without using the signal the rudder exerts a gentle pressure to straighten the car back.

Volvo City Safety: If the vehicle senses an imminent collision at less than 15 mph, the brakes are adjusted to respond more quickly, but if the driver does not brake, the car automatically applies the brakes and turns the throttle off to mitigate the collision.