Nissan Leaf, the all-electric sedan, has been awarded 5-star safety rating by the Euro NCAP. With consumers turning away from conventional engines, especially diesel, and car manufacturers investing heavily in electric and hybrid vehicles, it is indeed a great achievement for the Leaf. In these Euro NCAP tests, the EV earned a 93 per cent rating for adult safety and an 86 per cent rating for child protection. The Leaf is the first car to be assessed against Euro NCAP’s improved and extended protocols for 2018, which address key crash scenarios involving cars, pedestrians and now also the growing number of cyclists.
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Robbert Verweij, Euro NCAP Board member and Senior Policy Advisor at the Dutch Ministry of Transport, said, “It was the drive to save cyclists’ lives which inspired the Dutch government to fund a major project which led to the development of a protocol for detecting cyclists. We are honoured that Euro NCAP has decided to add this protocol to their rating scheme. This first Euro NCAP release of a AEB-Cyclist-equipped vehicle shows what the joint efforts of governments and cyclists’ associations can achieve in collaboration with Euro NCAP.” New Leaf 5-star rating reflects the advanced driver assistance systems packaged on the car, which inlcudes technologies such as camera and radar feature extensively to provide benefits such as pedestrian recognition and form the basis of Nissan’s acclaimed ProPILOT system.
Cyclist-detection with auto brake technology is tested for the first time on the LEAF and is included with AEB Pedestrian in a new designation called AEB Vulnerable Road Users (AEB VRU). The safety rating is determined from a series of vehicle tests that, in a simplified way, reflect important real-life accident scenarios that could result in injuries. The announcement has been released just months after the Japan New Car Assessment Program also awarded the car the top 5-star grade following rigorous testing. In earning the top rating, the LEAF scored 94.8 points out of a possible 100 for occupant safety in a collision. The program is organized by Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism and the National Agency for Automotive Safety and Victims' Aid.
Michiel van Ratingen, Secretary General of Euro NCAP, said “These latest updates in Euro NCAP's active safety testing focus on both the protection of those inside the car and those who share road-space with it. Our new assessments demonstrate the increasing level of sophistication that can be achieved by connecting various sensor systems installed on the vehicle. As the cost of these systems drops and computing capabilities increase, standard vehicles will soon become able to help prevent significantly more complex real-life crashes. Euro NCAP seeks to encourage this trend and in the context of a safe systems approach, will continue to challenge auto makers to deliver the highest levels of safety performance as standard, for car occupants and vulnerable road users.”