Mike Stevens | Sep 15, 2010

Earlier this year, the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) announced that it had secured a $5 million dollar funding boost and a five-year partnership with the Federal Government, allowing it to increase the number of crash tests and improve its research into vehicle safety.

Today, ANCAP has announced a roadmap for the future that will see the program's crash test performance standards raised to include pedestrian safety, whiplash protection and roof strength in each vehicle's overall star rating.

New minimum standards will also be set for safety assist technologies like electronic stability control, daytime running lights, collision avoidance, lane departure warnings, driver fatigue recognition and intelligent speed assist.

Developed over the past six months with ANCAP stakeholders and the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), the roadmap was conceived to encourage manufacturers to introduce safer vehicles and standard features.

“The ANCAP Roadmap takes its lead from the recent rating system changes introduced by Euro NCAP and ensures a continuation of ANCAP’s relationship with Euro NCAP and improved harmonisation of rating systems," ANCAP Chair Lachlan McIntosh said today.

“We are pleased that there has been acceptance from the FCAI and the automotive industry in recognising the value of ANCAP testing and results."

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