The Australian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) will expand its range of crash tests, and put automated safety features to the test from next year.
Headlining the more advanced ANCAP tests will be new crash test dummies, including new child dummies, along with pedestrian, cyclist and vehicle targets.
Test barriers and trolleys will be modified, too, as part of the changes.
Auto-emergency braking and lane-keeping assist will be put to the test under the expanded regime, set to come into force next year at the three ANCAP test centres.
"From next year, the ANCAP test program is expanding its range of crash tests and introducing performance assessments of automated safety technologies," Darren Chester, Federal Minister for infrastructure and transport, said.
"A critical part of this is ensuring the local test laboratories that conduct these tests are fully equipped and ready to test to world’s best standards, with the broadening of our assessment processes seeing Australians offered safer new cars into the future."
The new equipment comes as ANCAP continues to transition to Euro NCAP standards. The body uses a combination of current Australian and European standards at the moment, but all vehicles will need to meet European protocols after January 1, 2018.
Part of that move involves a greater emphasis on preventative and active safety features.
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