Top-selling Toyota and Mazda models were found to have advanced pedestrian detection capability in independent tests conducted by the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP).
The safety authority tested the Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) systems of the top 10 selling vehicles on the Australian market, specifically to assess their pedestrian detection capability.
ANCAP tested five vehicles back to back to match the data it already had for the other five.
It gave five vehicles, including the number one Toyota HiLux pickup, an “advanced” functionality rating.
Toyota Corolla small car, Toyota RAV4 midsize SUV, Mazda CX-5 midsize SUV and Mazda3 small car joined the HiLux in the advanced rankings.
Two vehicles, the Ford Ranger ute (HiLux’s closest competitor) and the small car Kia Cerato, received an “intermediate” rating.
The small car Hyundai i30, the Mitsubishi Triton ute and the small SUV Mitsubishi ASX finished at the back of the pack with “base” ratings. Their ability to detect pedestrians at night has been cited as a problem.
ANCAP has carried out up to 10 tests to assess the ability of the various AEB systems to detect pedestrians day and night.
Not all vehicles were able to complete all tests due to limitations in their respective systems.
Each test was worth up to 100 points. Reaching 75 points or better got an advanced rating, 50 to 75 was worthy of intermediate, while less than 50 points was only good enough for basic.
Using crash test dummies, the tests simulated adults crossing and walking along a road and children running down the road behind an obstacle.
ANCAP has been testing driver assistance systems such as the AEB since 2018. The AEB is designed to detect a potential collision ahead and stop in advance or at least minimize the impact. Cameras and / or radar are usually part of the setup.
So far in Australia in 2020, 138 pedestrians have been killed. AEB pedestrian detection systems have been shown to reduce the risk of injury by 28%.
“ANCAP has been promoting the installation of AEB systems for many years and, thanks to our influence, automakers have been very successful in voluntarily equipping their vehicles with AEB technology ahead of regulation,” said Rhianne Robson, Director of ANCAP communications and advocacy.
“Technology is improving rapidly and the performance differences observed in our testing were to be expected given the phased introduction of new models and the maturation levels of installed AEB technology.
“Vehicle safety technology continues to evolve at a rapid pace with the arrival of more sophisticated systems in the market through new entrants and model redesigns, and as these vehicles are released. up to date, we expect their performance to improve.
“When buying a new or used vehicle, consumers should look for a vehicle equipped with AEB as standard,” she said.