The 4th United Nations Global Road Safety Week held from 8th to 14th May had speed management as its central theme. As a contribution to the Week, Global NCAP, Euro NCAP and Australasian NCAP held a seminar in London on May 9th on the role of vehicle-based advanced systems to assist drivers to drive within posted speed limits. The purpose of the seminar was to examine the state of the art of current speed assist system (SAS) technologies and how to encourage their greater use in vehicle fleets worldwide. A major focus of the discussions was the role of SAS in New Car Assessment Programmes (NCAPs) and how consumer awareness of the benefits of these systems can be encouraged. Euro NCAP has been a pioneer of the inclusion of SAS into their rating system and the seminar will consider how their innovative approach can be shared with other NCAPs.

See: for an introductory film on SAS.

The seminar, chaired by Global NCAP’s Secretary General, David Ward was held under ‘Chatham House Rules’ so that all discussion was non-attributable. The presentations and speakers at the seminar included:

  • STATE-OF-THE-ART – Overview of current systems & market availability by Richard Schram, Euro NCAP
  • NCAPs AND SAS – Promoting best-practice by Anders Lie, Swedish Transport Administration & Michael Paine, ANCAP

Removing the roadblocks to broader adoption by Stephen T’Siobbel, TomTom (map supplier), Yoni Epstein, MobilEye (sign recognition), Ulrich Veh, ACEA (vehicle manufacturers) and Natalie Schmid, CLEPA (automotive suppliers)

This report summarises the issues raised during the seminar and proposes practical recommendations to assist NCAPs that may consider including SAS in their future rating systems