Two levels of autonomy: this is what the car industry officially calls the level of driver support when cars are no longer only able to warn of emergencies, but are also able to intervene in driving at a certain elementary level to prevent trouble.
As more and more cars offer such technology, EuroNCAP has developed a brand new protocol to measure the performance of these systems. Three things were examined: one is how effective these systems are, the other is how easy it is to work with a partially self-propelled car, and the third is how much safety margin the technologies work with.
The first goes without saying: this includes the efficiency of the adaptive cruise control, including flexible speed limit control combined with any sign recognition, navigation system; or how well the technologies that keep the vehicle in the center line of the lane working and coping with corners and level deviations work, which is an improvement on the anti-lane systems (counter-steering as soon as the car crosses the paint).
The third aspect is not in question either: how effectively the car reacts in an emergency (eg whether it stops if it steps in front of a pedestrian), what it does if the driver does not react (eg because it is bad) and whether it can alert the driver at the right time , if it has to take control back for any reason (say, due to snowfall, the painting is not visible or the camera lenses have become dirty).
The really interesting topic is the second: how accurately and effectively the car informs the driver, whether it can accurately assess if the driver is not paying attention to driving, and whether the auxiliary systems work with the driver or override his vision. – in Hungarian, how easy or difficult it is for the driver to enforce his own will if it does not match the active driver support system.
In the first round of tests, the following results were obtained:
Excellent (4 out of 4 points)
The German representatives in the premium category received the highest score available, representing the current highest level of the genre.
Good (3 out of 4 points)
Only one car tested achieved this rating, and the success of the Ford Kuga proves that there can be excellent driver support on a mass-market car, even if it’s not as sophisticated as the top category.)
Moderate (2 out of 4 points)
The Tesla Model 3 deserved to be condemned for its overly aggressive intervention, and the Volvo V60, which was one of the first to implement such systems at the time, exemplifies how quickly solutions are becoming obsolete today and how important (would) technology be. frequent and thorough updates.
Initial (1 out of 4 points)
Small cars with big promises: we can now get semi-self-driving technologies relatively cheaply, but as the examples of Renault Clio and Peugeot 2008 show, we can’t expect much from them.