HORIBA MIRA is supporting Euro NCAP (the European New Car Assessment Programme) in the development and testing of new protocols for heavy truck vehicles…

According to the vehicle assessment body, trucks represent almost 1.5% of vehicles on Europe’s roads and are involved in almost 15% of all europe road fatalities. Data also reveals that heavy trucks are overinvolved in the most serious collisions.

The new safety testing protocols by Euro NCAP are intended to specifically address the safety of heavy trucks for the first time. HORIBA MIRA was approached to support the development and trial of the tests through the use of the proving ground and in close collaboration with MIRA's ADAS team. Once developed Euro NCAP will work with manufacturers to establish the testing as part of vehicle programmes - positioning HORIBA MIRA as a supplier of choice in that work.

Ashley Patton, chief engineer, said: “These adapted passenger vehicle protocols will be brand new to the HDV industry and HORIBA MIRA has been identified by Euro NCAP as a valuable partner in their development.” 

Following a successful week of testing Michiel van Ratingen, Euro NCAP secretary general, visited HORIBA MIRA's site to witness the progress made.

Graeme Stewart, chief technical officer, adds: “Our purpose to improve lives by making journeys safer, cleaner and smarter dovetails perfectly with what Euro NCAP stands for in its mission to create a safer future for mobility.”