The New South Wales Government has committed $1.6 million to upgrading the ANCAP Crashlab, which will enable the facility to assess autonomous vehicle safety technologies.
Minister for roads, maritime and freight, Melinda Pavey, made the announcement this week, which will support local crash-testing authority, ANCAP, in the testing of driver assistance systems.
"Expanding Crashlab’s capabilities to test new and emerging vehicle safety technologies will support ANCAP in its important role in encouraging the introduction of AEB and other life-saving technologies across the national vehicle fleet," Pavey said.
"This means that to achieve a five star ANCAP safety rating, an effective AEB or lane support system will be required on all new vehicles rated."
"These upgrades will see NSW offer a world class vehicle safety testing capability covering crash protection, and even more importantly, crash prevention," she added.
From January 1, 2018, ANCAP aligned its safety rating program with sister company Euro NCAP, making for stricter guidelines - including the requirement for all vehicles to be fitted with an effective autonomous emergency braking (AEB) or lane support system to get a five-star rating.
Once a vehicle is rated under the new framework, it will be valid for six years if the vehicle is not updated or superceded during that period. Should the vehicle remain on sale after the six-year term, it will be labelled as 'unrated' until ANCAP re-assesses it to the current year standards - and rated accordingly.