The NP300 Hardbody’s bodyshell collapsed in a frontal-crash test at 40 mph (64 km/h), exposing a dummy in the driver’s position to significant risk of fatal injury, the Global New Car Assessment Program says.
Most of the energy was absorbed by the car’s crash structure. The remaining energy was mitigated by the carbon fiber body panels into the body structure, which remained rigid and showed no signs of bending or misalignment after the crash.
The funding will help the Australasian New Car Assessment Program maintain its role in testing and assessing new cars, providing information for consumers about vehicle safety and general advocacy about safety on Australia’s roads.
The Children in Autonomous Vehicles Blue Ribbon Panel recommends child passenger safety issues be addressed along with adult passenger safety during the testing and development of self-driving vehicles, Safe Kids Worldwide says.
Euro NCAP Secretary General Michiel van Ratingen says the test results are clear: “Cars, even those with advanced driver-assistance systems, need a vigilant, attentive driver behind the wheel at all times.”
ZF’s interior observation system can determine the occupants’ size, location and position, and whether they are in active control of the vehicle via the steering wheel or monitoring the vehicle’s automated driving systems, the supplier says.
Jaguar engineers initially attempted to create a noise inspired by the sound of sci-fi spacecraft. However, pedestrians reacted by looking up to the sky, rather than at the road, as the new I-Pace electric vehicle approached.