- HERE helps automakers comply with the latest updates to New Car Assessment Programs (NCAP) in Europe and Australia by combining speed limit information, detailed road network characteristics and warning services.
- By enabling car manufacturers to improve their speed assist system, HERE makes it possible to achieve higher NCAP scores and vehicle stars.
- This offer is available for vehicles with and without on-board navigation systems, in all segments, including entry-level vehicles.
Amsterdam & Melbourne – HERE Technologiesthe leading location data and technology platform, today announced its continued commitment to improve road user safety by helping automakers worldwide achieve higher New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) scores with a tailored set of location-based products.
According to the World Bank, 1.3 million people die every year as a result of traffic accidents. Between 20 and 50 million more people suffer non-fatal injuries, and many become disabled as a result of their injury. An increase in the average speed is directly related to both the risk of an accident and the seriousness of the consequences of the accident. For example, every 1% increase in average speed leads to a 4% increase in the risk of fatal crashes and a 3% increase in the risk of serious crashes. The fatality rate for pedestrians hit by car fronts increases rapidly (4.5 times from 50 km/h to 65 km/h). In car-to-car side collisions, the fatality rate for car occupants is 85% at 65 km/h.
New car assessment programs are voluntary vehicle safety performance programs that assess the safety of new passenger cars sold in their region. NCAPs award the well-known ‘star ratings’ based on a vehicle’s performance in various tests, including crashes and collisions with pedestrians.
The European and Australian NCAPs have recently updated their protocols with additional requirements for speed assistance systems to further help prevent accidents. Current star ratings take into account how vehicles adapt to speed limits, including conditional ones (e.g. weather, time, distance, school zones, and implicit speed limits). From 2023, the European and Australian NCAPs will assess whether speed assistance systems inform drivers about the characteristics of each road (e.g. bends, roundabouts, intersections, traffic lights and stop signs) and a range of hazardous situations (e.g. traffic jams, construction sites, future accidents, vehicle stationary on hard shoulder and objects on the road) with sufficient lead time to adjust their speed accordingly. To achieve top scores from 2023 onwards, vehicles with speed assistance systems will also need to work with data out of sight and have access to regular map and software updates.
HERE now offers automakers a range of location-based products and solutions to help them achieve higher NCAP scores, including HERE Navigation Map, HERE ISA Map (Intelligent Speed Assistance), HERE ADAS Map (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) and dynamic services. This offering includes features such as conditional speed limit information, highly detailed road feature information and hazard warnings. These products and solutions can be fitted to vehicles with or without navigation, including entry-level vehicles. They enable incremental over-the-air updates, as well as map caching, designed with a strong emphasis on minimal hardware requirements and data transfer costs.
Vijay Rao, Vice President, Mobility at Frost & Sullivan, said: “ADAS plays a very critical role in reducing accidents and deaths, especially at high speeds. With the increased adoption of autopilot and self-driving capabilities for future vehicles, the ISA and ADAS functionality further improves safety for drivers and passengers, which is a welcome move by HERE Technologies as these functionalities will further aid passenger safety at high speed, reducing the number of road deaths and injuries.”
HERE ISA and HERE ADAS products have been awarded the ADAS & Autonomous Product/Service of the Year Award at the Informa Tech Awards 2022 in Detroit, Michigan. HERE ISA Map was chosen by 9 of the top 10 major automakers and a dozen of their sub-brands to meet European Union (EU) directives, equip new passenger and commercial vehicles in the EU with ISA features by July 2022, and all newly registered vehicles by July 2022. July 2024. HERE data and solutions are on board 170 million vehicles, with 22 million vehicles using HERE ADAS content. More than 34 million connected vehicles provide HERE with real-time traffic data, hazard warnings and connected vehicle services.
“HERE products are designed to reduce accidents and fatalities on our roads. They help inform drivers about the correct speed limit at any time, taking dynamic situations into account and help car manufacturers achieve higher NCAP scores. As NCAP’s security protocols continue to evolve, we will expand our products with additional features,” said Fred Hessabi, Chief Customer Officer and Executive Vice President at HERE Technologies.
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