Sun, Apr 29, 2018 12:00 AM
European car manufacturers are being encouraged to fit the latest bicycle detection technology in order to meet the top safety ratings for vehicles.
The Euro NCAP rating system is introducing new standards with the aim of reducing the number of cyclists killed or seriously injured on the UK’s roads.
The NCAP ratings test cars for the level of protection they offer in the event of a crash and they now also assess electronic driver aids, which protect the driver and other road users. Only those that are fitted with the high-tech detection systems will achieve the best safety ratings.
Vehicles have already been tested for auto emergency braking systems, with impressive reductions in accidents following the introduction of this technology. The AEB can spot pedestrians and other vehicles and warn drivers to take evasive action and in newer models even help steer out of harm’s way.
The first car tested under the new NCAP standards was the Nissan Leaf, which is first electric car to be awarded the maximum five star rating.
There remains doubts about the effectiveness of some of the automated technology, only last month an Uber test vehicle fatally struck a pedestrian in Arizona, despite being fitted with the latest in expensive sensors and systems.
But with accidents involving cyclists on the rise in the UK, it is hoped that the introduction of the technology across the board can make Britain’s roads safer for all. 102 cyclists were killed in 2016, a rise of 2%, whilst 3,397 cyclists were seriously injured, up 5%.
The AA’s President believes that the latest technology could assist drivers: “Drivers should always be responsible and alert for cyclists but technology can add extra protection,” he told The Times.