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Edition 15, December 2015

Check out the latest edition of the ANCAPStar. This edition contains the latest ANCAP safety ratings and news from the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP).

ANCAP is Australasia's leading independent vehicle safety advocate. ANCAP provides Australian and New Zealand consumers with independent vehicle safety information through the publication of ANCAP safety ratings. ANCAP safety ratings take into account the level of occupant and pedestrian protection provided by new cars through the conduct of physical crash tests and the assessment of collision avoidance technologies.

Our member organisations include all Australian automobile clubs, the New Zealand Automobile Association, Australian Federal, State & Territory Governments, the New Zealand Government, the Victorian Transport Accident Commission, NRMA Insurance and the FIA Foundation (UK).

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New Minister visits ANCAP crash test
Assistant Minister for Infrastructure Hon Michael McCormack (Left) and ANCAP CEO James Goodwin (right).

New Minister visits ANCAP crash test

The newly appointed Commonwealth minister responsible for road safety, Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, the Hon Michael McCormack has shown his interest and commitment to ANCAP by attending a crash test in early December 2015.

ANCAP CEO James Goodwin briefed Assistant Minister McCormack on the crash test program and broader road safety issues before observing a frontal offset crash test at the Crashlab facility in Sydney.

"It was very encouraging to see Assistant Minister McCormack take time out of his busy schedule to attend the crash test and learn first-hand about ANCAP's important role to improve the safety of vehicles on the roads," said Mr Goodwin.

"Only a few months into his new portfolio, McCormack is already a strong supporter of ANCAP and a road safety advocate so we look forward to a productive working relationship with him," he said.
2nd High Level Conference on Road Safety Success.
Part of the Australian Delegation at the 2nd Global High Level Conference on Road Safety with Assistant Minister Michael McCormak (3rd from left). ANCAP Representatives were Technical Manager Michael Paine (6th from left) and Deputy Chair Lauchlan McIntosh (far right). Photo taken from Minister McCormack's Twitter page.

Successful 2nd High Level Conference on Road Safety

Australia had high level representation at the 2nd Global High Level Conference on Road Safety, held in Brazil on November 18th-19th 2015. The conference brought together UN member states, UN organisations, intergovernmental organisations, NGOs and the private sector to discuss global road safety issues.

A key focus was review of the Decade of Action on Road Safety (2011-2020), its achievements, how to accelerate progress, and the next round of global targets. The final version of the Brasilia Declaration for Road Safety was agreed upon and can be found of the World Health Organisations (WHO) website here.

Assistant Minister Michael McCormack attended the conference, confirming the government's focus on road safety. The minister was very involved and active during the conference, engaging with numerous organisations and stakeholders in road safety from around the world.

ANCAP was represented by Deputy Chair Mr Lauchlan McIntosh and Technical Manager Mr Michael Paine.

ANCAP Technical Manager Michael Paine speaks at the conference.
ANCAP Technical Manager Michael Paine speaks at the conference. Photo taken from Minister McCormack’s Twitter page.
NRMA Competition Winners visit ANCAP Crash Test
NRMA's Jack Haley (far left) and ANCAP's James Goodwin (far right) with the eight NRMA competitions winners.

NRMA Competition Winners visit ANCAP Crash Test

ANCAP and NRMA Motoring and Services joined forces this year with a competition for members to win one of five double-passes to attend a crash test, usually off-limits to the public.

The competition was advertised in member magazine Open Road and the initiative aimed to promote the NRMA's long-standing relationship with ANCAP, reward NRMA members and promote the importance of checking a vehicle's ANCAP safety rating before purchase. ANCAP CEO James Goodwin provided an overview and history of the organisation and what they should look for when buying their next vehicle before they went on a tour of the Crashlab test facility to observe a frontal offset crash test. All participants were highly engaged with the program and the event was a great success.
International Driverless Cars Conference
ANCAP Chair Wendy Machin presents at the International Driverless Cars Conference, Adelaide.

International Driverless Cars Conference

ANCAP played a key role at the recent International Driverless Cars Conference held in Adelaide in highlighting the safety benefits of vehicle automation.

Driverless cars have been a much discussed topic over recent months, with many discussions taking place on what this means for the future of road safety.

The Conference was held in Adelaide 5-6 November 2015 and brought together a range of delegates to discuss and showcase driverless cars and vehicle autonomy.

ANCAP Chair Wendy Machin presented on the first day of the conference on what autonomous technology is already available in many vehicles to improve road safety and the challenges that exist to build community confidence in the technology. The presentation received great interest with many delegates engaging in Q&A discussions.

South Australia is positioning itself as a key player in the autonomous vehicle industry, with the Australian Driverless Vehicle Initiative coming to fruition with the support of many key industry players. A public demonstration of a Volvo driverless car was held during the following days of the conference, showcasing the technology and how it will work on Australian roads.
Latest media releases.

17 December 2015
ANCAP welcomes new design rule to improve side impact protection
ANCAP has welcomed a positive step to improve road safety, new legislation to improve design standards for side impact crashes.

4 December 2015
Three more SUVs reach the 5 star mark
The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) has today released new five star safety ratings for the Audi Q7, Honda HR-V and the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport.

11 November 2015
Disappointing 4 Star Rating for Hyundai Tucson
A 4 star ANCAP safety rating has been released for the new medium SUV, the Hyundai Tucson. This rating applies to the 2.0 litre GDi petrol two-wheel drive variants that have been available to the Australian and New Zealand markets since August 2015.

26 October 2015
Seven 5 star ANCAP safety ratings gives consumers more choice
The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) has today released 5 star ANCAP safety ratings for seven vehicles across a range of categories.
Board member movements.

There have been some changes to the ANCAP board with Lyn O'Connell stepping down in October. Ms O’Connell was formerly Deputy Secretary, at the Federal Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development and has now moved to the Department of Agriculture. Ms O'Connell has been replaced on the board by Judith Zielke, Executive Director, Surface Transport Policy Division at the Department of Infrastructure and regional Development.

We thank Lyn for her contribution to ANCAP over a number of years and welcome Judi to the board.
AEB Cooperation announcement from IIHS
AEB Cooperation announcement from IIHS

The U.S. Department of Transportation, its National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) have announced that ten major vehicle manufacturers have committed to making autonomous emergency braking (AEB) a standard feature on all new vehicles.

This is a major step forward in the quest to have more advanced safety features made standard, rather than a costly, optional extra. The 10 companies — Audi, BMW, Ford, General Motors, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Tesla, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo — will work with IIHS and NHTSA in the coming months on the details of implementing their historic commitment, including the timeline for making AEB a standard feature. The Department and IIHS encourage all other light-vehicle and trucking manufacturers to bring automated vehicle technology to all vehicles on U.S. roadways as soon as possible.
Changes to the US NCAP star rating system

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) 5-star safety rating system has proposed a number of changes to the system. The star rating system would go up in half-star increments, including the addition of points for crash avoidance technologies, pedestrian protection and an additional frontal crash test. These are positive changes to the current system, and should they be approved, will come into force for 2019 model year vehicles.
SAT Explained: Speed Alert
SAT Explained: Speed Alert
  • Speed Alarm (Manual)
    A speed alarm alerts the driver when the vehicle exceeds a (pre-set) speed.
  • Intelligent Speed Alert System (ISA)
    Intelligent speed alert systems determine the speed limit of the vehicle location and alert the driver if the vehicle is over the speed limit (passive alert). Active speed alert systems are able to limit the speed of the vehicle automatically.
  • Top Speed Limiter
    A top speed limiter results in a vehicle not being able to travel above a set speed for an extended time. The limit must be no more than 120km/h.
Information on a range of safety assist technologies can be found at Understanding Safety Features on the ANCAP website.
Why doesn’t ANCAP test for rear end collisions?

Severe rear collisions are relatively rare and usually involve being struck by a much larger vehicle. Frontal crashes and severe side impacts account for most car occupant fatalities which is one reason why ANCAP concentrates on these crash types. The University of Adelaide published a report on rear end crashes, and based on the recommendations of that report, in 2011 ANCAP began conducting whiplash tests, which are based on the assessment of vehicle seats. Well-designed seats may reduce the risk of rebound injuries where the driver is thrown forward and strikes the steering wheel, after the initial impact from the rear.

Learn more about ANCAP's whiplash protection testing at Crash Testing Explained.
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