Euro NCAP launches automated technology timeline

Euro NCAP launches automated technology timeline
A new report which highlights the advantages of automated driving and sets out a timeline for its widespread introduction has been released by Euro NCAP.

Road Map 2025 also lays out the safety priorities associated with the new technologies.

The safety group's president says many experts believe personal mobility will change "more in the next 10 years than it has in the last 100."

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The road map report was released as part of Euro NCAP's 20th anniversary celebrations. It is focused on outlining the "priorities for the mobility and technological revolution the auto industry is just beginning to experience".

It bids to demystify the area of automated driving for the vast majority of drivers who remain unsure of its potential.

Euro NCAP promises to challenge manufacturers to offer the best possible technology as standard, protecting not only car occupants of all ages but also the safety of other more vulnerable road users.

In its timeline, it lays out when it believes the industry will see the introduction of new features as standard, including driver monitoring (2020), automatic emergency steering (2020, 2022), autonomous emergency braking (2020, 2022), Vehicle to Vehicle Data Exchange and Vehicle to Infrastructure (2024).

Earlier this year a group of technology companies known as the Driven Consortium suggested driverless cars could be welcomed onto the UK's motorways as early as 2019.

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The organisation's president Pierre Castaing, said: "Safety has come a long way since we started testing cars 20 years ago and consumers now see it as a key aspect of their purchasing decision.

"Going forward one of Euro NCAP's vital roles will be to offer clear, impartial guidance on these emerging and increasingly automated technologies, while also raising awareness of their significant life-saving benefits."

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