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Future vehicle safety in Australia and the role of the Australasian New Car Assessment Program
EXTENDED ABSTRACT: For more than twenty years the Australasian New Car Assessment Programs (ANCAP) has encouraged improvements in vehicle safety beyond the regulatory system.
ANCAP has announced plans to align its safety ratings with those of Euro NCAP from 2018. This will result in greater emphasis on crash avoidance technologies such as autonomous emergency braking (AEB) as well as protection of small occupants, pedestrians and cyclists.
We review the influence of ANCAP on improved crashworthiness of the vehicle fleet and the uptake of key vehicle safety technologies. The trends show that ANCAP can have a substantial influence on the safety of the future Australian light vehicle fleet.