Safety technology shines in latest crash ratings

After the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) slammed certain manufacturers for not including important safety tech in new Australian car models, their latest crash test ratings make for pleasant reading.

The safety experts noted that the Nissan X-Trail was chasing competition by not providing autonomous emergency braking (AEB) in its Australian variants, despite it being available in other export models.

However, fleet managers will be pleased to know that the latest round of October crash tests ratings not only found the Hyundai Genesis entering the illustrious 5 star safety fraternity, but a range of technologies made it particularly safe for the driver, other road users and pedestrians.

ANCAP said the Genesis "easily" achieved maximum road safety, with its chairman Lauchlan McIntosh explaining the reasons why.

"This is one of the first times we have seen the word 'standard' listed against almost every safety feature on our checklist," Mr McIntosh said. "Importantly, autonomous emergency braking is one of these standard features - one that has recently been left off many new models hitting our shores."

Not only is AEB built into all Australian Genesis models, it boasts the following safety assist technologies:

  • Tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS);
  • An active lift (pop-up) bonnet;
  • Emergency stop signal (ESS);
  • Reversing collision avoidance;
  • Lane support system (LSS);
  • Adaptive front headlight systems;
  • Daytime running lights (DRL);
  • Adaptive cruise control (ACC).

The safety benefits of some technologies are particularly felt in fleet services, where more time on the road and increased fatigue can pose a risk to individuals and businesses alike.

Mr McIntosh explained that these features should now be considered in new vehicle purchases.

"Historically, consumers have been encouraged to seek out features like ABS and ESC but with manufacturers now developing and rolling out SATs at a rapid pace, consumers will soon be just as familiar with, and demand, these important life-saving technologies, he explained.

"Active safety systems are the future of vehicle safety. ANCAP is encouraging consumers to learn more about the benefits of these safety systems and ask for them when they buy their next car."

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