EuroNCAP. A new test protocol will be deployed in 2026

The Euro NCAP organization publishes its new roadmap, called “Vision 2030”. The protocol will evolve from 2026 with improved road user protection tests. The approach will also be more focused on model connectivity and technology.


Vincent Foultier

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Euro NCAP publishes its new roadmap with a vision up to 2030.


In a changing automotive world, Euro NCAP will adjust its crash test protocol. The independent body, in charge of certifying the safety of our vehicles, will add new control points to its program from 2026, such as the evaluation of automated (and no longer just assisted) driving systems or the risk of fire in an electric vehicle. In its roadmap, called Vision 2030, it announces in particular the progressive implementation of virtual tests. The update of the protocol is now planned every three years.

Many additions to the program

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To date, vehicles are rated according to four main chapters: protection of adults, protection of children, protection of vulnerable road users and safety aids. From 2026, Euro NCAP will replace them with the four phases of a potential accident: safe driving, collision avoidance, collision protection and post-crash safety. Most of the tests will always be more focused on the technology embedded in future models. The marks are likely to be even more severe for the least advanced vehicles in this area which do without expensive (and sometimes superfluous) driving aids to display attractive prices. Here are the main additions to the Euro NCAP program:

  • testing and evaluation of assisted and automated driving assistance systems;
  • assessment of technology that monitors driver alertness;
  • monitoring the effectiveness of speed assist technologies;
  • active safety testing that more closely simulates real-world road environments and examines human-machine interaction (HMI) design;
  • test and evaluation of connected security functions using communication between vehicles or with the infrastructure (V2V, V2I and V2X);
  • passive safety testing, which pays greater attention to gender equality and the aging driver/occupant population;
  • assessment of the risk of fire and overheating of electric vehicles and improvement of emergency information;
  • promoting best practices in vehicle safety and data access.

Goal of zero deaths and serious injuries by 2030

We don’t yet live in the era of fully autonomous cars, but driver assistance technologies are becoming more widespread. Given the importance of these assisted and automated driving technologies, Euro NCAP will adopt a penalty/reward approach for cars that offer these systems explains Michiel van Ratingen, the organisation’s secretary. In addition, Euro NCAP intends to integrate all forms of connectivity into the final rating by evaluating each security function. Some manufacturers will no longer obtain the famous five stars, which does not, however, call into question the level of safety of their vehicles. Otherwise, the European organization based in Brussels aims to launch new programs to assess the safety of motorized two-wheelers (scooters and motorcycles) and utility vehicles overrepresented according to him in road accidents. It must be said that Euro NCAP has set itself an ambitious objective as detailed by its president, Doctor Niels Ebbe Jacobsen:

Euro NCAP strongly believes it holds the potential to further improve vehicle safety over the next decade in support of Vision Zero which strives to eliminate fatalities and serious injuries in road crashes. road.


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