When purchasing a vehicle, it is easy to be swept up in all the entertainment features and gadgets. While these items are still important to consider, the focus should really be on the safety technology and how it will perform in a car accident.
As such, the Australasian New Car Assessment Program's (ANCAP) crash test ratings provide consumers with accurate information on vehicle safety features as well as the likelihood of people sustaining serious injuries. Over the past 20 years, ANCAP has tested more than 500 passenger and light commercial vehicles for the public.
Latest ANCAP update
On September 10, ANCAP released an update regarding three new vehicles – the Mazda2, the Mazda CX-3 and Audi TT. All three cars performed well in the test conditions, but the Audi TT only gained a four-star rating in the final report.
According to the authority, the Audi TT had inadequate child protection technology as well as poor available Safety Assist Technologies. Comparatively, both the Mazda2 and Mazda CX-3 were found to protect pedestrians and occupants well in the event of a car accident.
However, it was the addition of Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) that allowed these models to achieve the prestigious five-star safety rating.
ANCAP CEO Nicholas Clarke emphasised the importance of purchasing vehicles with AEB.
"It is great to see AEB becoming more common in the Australian new car market, but we would like to see AEB as a standard feature in new vehicles, rather than as an optional extra," he said.
"International studies have shown the effectiveness of AEB systems in preventing real world crashes may be higher than 50 per cent."
AEB systems essentially use camera or sensor technology to determine speeds and distances of objects around the vehicle's environment. In response to the data collected, this technology applies the brakes to reduce the chance of a serious crash.
Road safety in NSW
It is fair to say it has been a terrible year for drivers on NSW roads thus far. According to Transport for NSW, 252 people have lost their lives in accidents – 11 per cent more than the same time in 2014. In fact, five were killed in separate incidents over the past weekend.
If you have been involved in a car accident and have suffered an injury of any sort, you could be eligible for compensation. The NSW motor accidents compensation scheme can cover costs for medical expenses, economic losses and any legal fees.
For more information on car accident compensation, contact an expert lawyer today.