NHTSA seeks input on improvements to NCAP

  • 09-Apr-2013 03:24 EDT

Having last updated its New Car Assessment Program (NCAP), NHTSA (U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) in MY2011, and having witnessed what it terms "rapid deployment of vehicle safety technologies," the agency wants to bring the program up to date. To that end, it is seeking comment from any interested parties or individuals. Comments are due by July 5 and can be submitted on the Federal Rulemaking Portal. The improvements are eyed for the short, medium, and long terms. NHTSA specified several technology areas that it is focusing on for possible improvements. They fall into two broad categories: a) crash avoidance and post-crash notification [blind-spot detection; advanced lighting; lane-departure prevention; crash-imminent braking and dynamic brake support; and automatic pedestrian detection and braking]; and b) crashworthiness [rear-seat occupants; pedestrian protection, test dummies and injury criteria, test protocols for electric vehicles, comparative barrier testing for frontal ratings]. The agency is also seeking input into possible changes to the scoring/rating system.

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