A three-year transition period begins in 2015, during which time both Euro NCAP and ANCAP standards will be observed by the local safety body.
Models sold in Europe and Australia during the next three years will only need to be tested in Europe, as the same safety rating will be applied in both markets.
Europe currently has a slightly longer list of compulsory standard safety features than Australia, which ANCAP hopes will end the practice of ‘optioning down’ models before they are sold from local showrooms.
Cars sold in Australia but not sold in Europe will continue to be tested locally, with ANCAP’s current ‘Rating Road Map’ used to assess results over the next three years.
By 2018, only one set of standards will remain; applying to new cars sold in both local and European markets. That means cars will continue to be crash tested in Australia if they aren’t offered for sale in Europe, but the same safety standards will apply.
"Improvements in vehicle safety design and development in the past few years have been swift and substantial, particularly in the realm of advanced safety assist collision avoidance technologies," ANCAP CEO, Nicholas Clarke, said.
"The ANCAP Rating Road Map already takes some of these changes and advancements into account. However given the rapid pace at which vehicle safety is moving - and the need for new car assessment programs to acknowledge these advancements - ANCAP has revised and expanded its forward plan."
ANCAP says it has used testing data from Euro NCAP to compose its own ratings for 15 years, with ratings for half the models surveyed coming straight from European safety testing.
Under its Rating Road Map plan, the standards required by carmakers to achieve the sort-after 5-star safety rating have becoming increasingly difficult since 2011.
ANCAP has gradually added more to its list of compulsory features for a car to be deemed worthy of 5-stars, including side airbags, electronic stability control and higher levels of pedestrian safety.
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