Euro NCAP and the future How will you know if Euro NCAP has been effective? What effect will the results have on car design in the future? Will the rating system change?
How will you know if Euro NCAP has been effective?
Euro NCAP has been responsible for a dramatic change to overall car safety. This is readily seen in how quickly manufacturers improve their safety equipment and the steps they take to do well in the tests. Real world injury studies carried out by SNRA (Swedish National Roads Administration) and SARAC (Safety Advisory Rating Committee) demonstrate a reduction in injury risk for every Euro NCAP star received.
What effect will the results have on car design in the future?
In general terms, there should be a trend of cars becoming safer for both occupants and pedestrians as manufacturers incorporate appropriate safety features into new car designs. Since the Euro NCAP programme began, significant improvements have been observed.
Will the rating system change?
Between 2009 and 2012 the demands under the overall rating system will follow a projected annual stepwise increase. This means that what is good for 5 stars today may not be good enough in 2012. Besides these stricter criteria, Euro NCAP is anticipating adding new procedures in areas currently not covered and updating existing procedures were necessary.