Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) will become a key assessment element in the upcoming ASEAN NCAP test protocol, set to be in effect starting from 2021. The upcoming protocol will be a significant improvement over the current suite, which awards points based only on the availability, instead of the effectiveness of the system.
Under the new protocol, AEB will be tested in two separate categories – City and Inter-Urban – with the following car-to-car scenarios:
- AEB City – Assessed vehicle is driven forward at a speed of 10-60 km/h towards another stationary vehicle.
- AEB Inter-Urban – assessed vehicle is driven forward at a speed of 30-60 km/h towards another vehicle that is travelling at constant speed.
The forthcoming ASEAN NCAP protocol currently does not include AEB tests for pedestrians, cyclists, and low-visibility situations.
The third assessment protocol (2021-2025) will comprise of four main pillars – Adult Occupant Protection (AOP), Child Occupant Protection (COP), Safety Assist(SA) and Motorcyclist Safety (MS) – with the last in the list being the latest addition.
The testing of the AEB systems will fall under the SA domain, while blind spot monitor and auto high beam systems will be categorised under the MS domain. The four pillars will have a weightage of 40% for AOP, 20% for COP, 20% for SA, and 20% for MS.
In order to strengthen the assessment procedure, ASEAN NCAP recently conducted a two-day AEB development tests in conjunction with the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS), on the 15th-16th July 2020 at the Sg. Besi Airstrip.
This was the second development test conducted by ASEAN NCAP for the third assessment protocol, the first held back in 2018 for the development of the assessment procedure for blind-spot monitoring technologies.
MIROS Director-General, who also acts as ASEAN NCAP Secretary-General and Acting Chairman, Prof. Ir. Dr. Khairil Anwar Abu Kassim said, “I am proud that ASEAN NCAP with the support from MIROS has successfully organized this development test in our effort to enhance our capacity and capability in AEB testing.
“As technologies such as AEB becomes more mature, it is timely that we perform the actual physical assessment of the system and elevate our current assessment from just rewarding points on its availability inside the vehicle,” he added.