ASEAN NCAP Now Includes Blind Spot Technology into Car Safety Rating – Safer Cars for The ASEAN Region.
Putrajaya, 7 March 2018 – ASEAN NCAP has included Blind Spot Technology (BST) in their current assessment protocol as part of the requirement in obtaining points for ASEAN NCAP star rating. The development test is based on ASEAN NCAP 2017-2020 protocol in which the technology is included under the Safety Assist domain as part of the MIROS’s aspiration to reduce motorcyclist fatalities in the ASEAN region.
According to MIROS, the Blind Spot Technology (BST) will help to deter a collision from occurring or minimize the injury sustain by the motorcyclist. The BST aims at reducing collision with other vehicles, especially motorcycles, coming from either the side or rear of the car which is considered as a blind spot zone for the car driver. Statistic from Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) showed, they were 4348 motorcyclist deaths in Malaysia recorded in 2017 which comprises 64.5% from the total number of recorded deaths at 6740.
As of now, there are 10 car models, sold in the region that includes BTS as part of their car’s safety features. The 10 models are Toyota (C-HR, Camry), Honda (Accord, CR-V, Odyssey), Mazda (Mazda 3, CX-5), Volvo (V40), Mercedes-Benz (S 400 h) and Hyundai (Ioniq). Each of these cars were tested against 10 motorcycle models that are popular in the ASEAN region.
Blind Spot detection
Opening remarks by Professor Dr. Wong Sham Voon, MIROS Director-General
The new protocol test will measure the efficiency of BSTs fitted in a particular car model especially during lane changing. In addition, the test performed during day time and night time will assess the effectiveness of the BSTs in detecting the visibility of the motorcycles in order to ensure the safety is not dependent on lighting conditions.
“The BSTs development test marks ASEAN NCAP’s plan in performing actual assessment to test the effectiveness of BSTs in detecting motorcyclist riding in blind spot zone. This is in accordance with ASEAN NCAP objective to reduce motorcyclist fatalities especially during lane changing.
The test is performed based on the requirement as stipulated in the ISO 17387. This test will also prepare us for our future roadmap for 2021-2030 that will place priority in motorcycle safety by having a special domain for it in the future assessment.” said, Secretary General, Ir. Dr. Khairil Anwar Abu Kassim.
The event was attended by Professor Dr. Wong Sham Voon, MIROS Director-General and Ir. Dr. Khairil Anwar Abu Kassim, ASEAN NCAP Secretary-General.