Project: Primary Safety Evaluation of New Vehicles

Reference: S092D/VD

Last update: 03/12/2003 14:43:41

Objectives

The European New Car Assessment Programme (EuroNCAP) was developed to encourage manufacturers to increase the secondary safety performance of their cars. The Japanese authorities already incorporate some primary safety features in their domestic NCAP programme and so this feasibility study was undertaken to provide the Department with information on the potential for assessing primary safety features of new cars, in addition to the EuroNCAP tests, and the costs.

Description

There have been several visits to manufacturer sites in different countries and information obtained points to some suitable test methods and concepts that could be adopted by a PNCAP scheme. All of the information gathered was collated into a published report summarising the findings and giving recommendations on what forms of primary safety tests are feasible and how they might be best presented to the consumer. This research was instrumental in setting up the current research project S095D/VD - Primary Safety New Car Assessment Programme (PNCAP).

Contractor(s)

TRL Limited
Crowthorne House, Nine Mile Ride, Wokingham, Berkshire, RG40 3GA
+44 (0)1344 773131

Contract details

Cost to the Department: £79,840.00

Actual start date: 20 January 1997

Actual completion date: 30 April 1999

Publication(s)

PR/SE/546/99. Primary Safety Evaluation of New Vehicles: A Review of the Visit to Japan & Australia
Author: TRL Ltd
Publication date: 01/03/1999
Unpublished
Source: Contact geoff.harvey@dft.gsi.gov.uk

PR/SE/547/99. Primary Safety Evaluation of New Vehicles: A Review of the Visit to the USA
Author: TRL Ltd
Publication date: 01/03/1999
Unpublished
Source: Contact geoff.harvey@dft.gsi.gov.uk

PR/SE/560/99. Primary Safety Evaluation of New Vehicles: A Review of the Visit to Europe
Author: TRL Ltd
Publication date: 30/04/1999
Unpublished
Source: Contact geoff.harvey@dft.gsi.gov.uk

Summary of results

  1. The programme of visits within this project, covering Australia, Europe, Japan, UK and the USA, provided sufficient information to indicate several potential test solutions in each of the test categories. These are detailed in the project reports.