Mike Stevens | Mar 11, 2011

The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) and the University of Adelaide's Centre For Automotive Safety Research (CASR) have today announced the opening of a new impact laboratory for car and pedestrian safety.

Opened today by South Australian Road Safety Minister Tom Kenyon, the purpose-built laboratory will focus on pedestrian crash impact safety testing, and will be the only official facility for the pedestrian component of ANCAP's crash testing.

"The State Government has provided substantial investment in CASR over a number of years," Mr Kenyon said.

"The new facilities will allow CASR to expand the range of testing carried out and to supervise postgraduate students in the vehicle testing area."

CASR Director Professor Mary Lydon said that pedestrians make up a significant proportion of all road casualties, accounting for 16.5 percent of road fatalities in Australia and 8.5 percent of all serious injuries.

“This testing will assist the design of more pedestrian friendly vehicles. It puts the spotlight on protection offered to pedestrians by different vehicle structures and means we can measure improvements and differences in safety," Ms Lydon said.

ANCAP Chair Lauchlan McIntosh said the opening of the new CASR impact lab in Adelaide would improve ANCAP's testing regime, providing a better amenity for pedestrian-related tests.

The laboratory and its facilities have been designed to meet global and European regulations (in-line with Euro NCAP requirements).

Its capabilities include bullbar testing and development, impact testing of energy-absorbing materials, vehicle interior impact testing, crash reconstruction, high-speed film capture and high-resolution data acquisition.

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