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Euro NCAP Launches Road Map 2025 - In Pursuit of Vision Zero

12 September 2017

Since its establishment in 1997, Euro NCAP has been the catalyst for significant and sustained advances in automotive safety. Our independent crash tests and continuously evolving assessment protocols have given consumers the knowledge they needed to help choose safety and an estimated 76 thousand lives have been saved in the EU as a result. 

During its 20th Anniversary celebrations, Euro NCAP launched its Road Map 2025, setting out for the first time the programme&rsquos priorities for the mobility and technological revolution the auto industry is just beginning to experience. Our objective is to offer clarity and confidence to motoring consumers, highlighting new automated driving technologies and raising awareness of their benefits whilst also helping to ensure their safety potential is fully realised.  

As the Road Map 2025 makes clear, Euro NCAP will challenge vehicle manufacturers to offer the best possible technology as standard in all segments and countries , protecting not only car occupants of all ages but also increasingly addressing the safety of other more vulnerable road users. 

Secondary safety is and will remain at the heart of Euro NCAP consumer ratings for some time but we recognise that primary safety will have an increasingly important role to play, and for the first time now tertiary safety is addressed. The strategy going forward will be to emphasise the integration of primary, secondary and tertiary safety features as enablers of a more holistic, safe system approach, in Pursuit of Vision Zero. 

The Road Map outlines a timeline for the introduction of key protocol enhancements, including: 

Primary Safety - Driver Monitoring (2020), Automatic Emergency Steering (2020, 2022), Autonomous Emergency Braking (2020, 2022), Vehicle to Vehicle Data Exchange and Vehicle to Infrastructure (2024) 

Secondary Safety - Whiplash/Rear-end Crash Protection (2020), Pedestrian and Cyclist Safety (2022) 

Tertiary Safety - Rescue, Extrication and Safety (2020), Child Presence Detection (2022) 

The 2025 Road Map can be downloaded here.