Nissan, Volkswagen Driver Assistance Systems Get Top Scores – IoT World Today

Nissan, Volkswagen Driver Assistance Systems Get Top Scores – IoT World Today

The leading vehicle safety organization Euro NCAP has the Level 2 driver assistance systems on four new cars – and there was good news for Nissan and Volkswagen as their Qashqai and ID.5 were rated as top performers.

The body, founded in 1997 giving consumers an independent assessment of the safety level of Europe’s most popular cars has traditionally focused on crash testing. But in recent years, it has diversified in assessing driver assistance features as they become more common.

The driver assistance tests focus on three key areas: highway driving scenarios, such as typical engagement and disengagement manoeuvres, which demonstrate how effectively the system can assist the driver in avoiding a potential crash; an evaluation of how the system keeps the driver engaged in driving, avoiding overconfidence; and an assessment of the vehicle’s ability to mitigate the consequences of an accident if an accident is unavoidable.

The Nissan Qashqai – sold in the US as the Rogue Sport – was rated “Very Good” with its ProPILOT with Navi Link driver assistance system which was praised for demonstrating “excellent balance between assisting the driver and preventing excessive trust”.

The electric ID.5 from Volkswagen was also rated ‘Very good’. It features the Travel Assist system and, like the Qashqai, has been praised for “providing the driver with a high level of assistance and supporting many driving tasks on the highway”. But, Euro NCAP added, “it never promotes undue confidence, which can lead to driver distraction.”

Slightly less impressive was the Polestar 2, which was rated ‘Good’, although this was an improvement over the ‘Average’ rating in 2021 thanks to a wireless update to Pilot Assist, meaning it now has ‘better cornering support in assisted driving mode.”

The oldest car evaluated was the Jaguar i-Pace, which was first launched in 2018. Its Adaptive Cruise with Steering Assist (InControl) system was classified as ‘Entry Level’. It was the only car tested that did not stop if the driver stops responding when driver assistance mode is engaged. As Euro NCAP points out, the Jaguar result showed how quickly this technology is improving.

Euro NCAP Secretary General Michiel van Ratingen said the overall results were encouraging.

“We’re seeing real improvements in system performance,” he said. “Congratulations Nissan – the Qashqai is the most affordable car in this group, but the ID.5 shares the highest rating we’ve seen to date. It shows that technology is moving fast and that driving will soon become part of the mainstream.”

Matthew Avery, Chief Research Strategy Officer at UK safety agency Thatcham Research, said he hoped the results would highlight the benefits of assisted driving.

“We would strongly encourage drivers to use this technology,” he said. “It protects both drivers and other road users with a host of safety benefits, with the best systems automatically adapting to speed limits and traffic, keeping drivers in their lane and protecting your blind spots.”

You can read the full Euro NCAP findings hereincluding a review of Tesla’s 2020 Autopilot.

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