From 2018, it will be a much greater challenge to achieve five stars in China’s New Car Assessment Program (C-NCAP) as the new crash test regulations will be among the most stringent in the world. ZF is ideally placed to help domestic vehicle manufacturers meet the new requirements with its extensive portfolio of safety systems. Furthermore, ZF has long-standing experience and expertise in China when it comes to integrating these technologies in vehicles as complete systems which are also fundamental for enabling a range of automated driving functions.
From 2018, the C-NCAP crash test will require current vehicles to meet additional criteria such as pedestrian protection and active safety. In particular, vehicle and pedestrian automatic emergency braking systems (AEB) will come into focus. “It will become very difficult for new cars to achieve five stars unless they meet the new side-impact protection requirements,” says ZF's Chris Wu, ZF occupant safety systems engineering director Asia-Pacific. “At ZF, we're in an ideal position to help support Chinese manufacturers in preparing for C-NCAP 2018 as we supply the most comprehensive portfolio of safety technologies on the market.”
For example, ZF supplies intelligent mechanical systems including its integrated brake control system (IBC), comprehensive airbag protection, active seatbelt systems and electrically powered steering. The company also provides cameras and radar equipment for environmental detection. The company uses these modular component-based solutions as the basis for integrated driver assist functions including Electronic Stability Control (ESC), AEB, which will be high on the C-NCAP agenda, Emergency Steering Assist (ESA) and networking solutions such as its X2Safe algorithm, developed in-house. “The combination of these systems enables vehicles to see, think and act – the basis for both highly integrated safety and for autonomous driving,” adds Wu.
In order to effectively and efficiently deliver the optimum protection, safety systems need to be tailored individually to each vehicle model. “For many years now, we've been working successfully with Chinese OEMs with regard to integrating our safety systems in the latest model generations,” says Wu. “We've also invested in a new state-of-the-art crash test sled at our Tech Center in Anting since 2014, helping us to work more closely than ever with vehicle manufacturers in terms of testing and validation programs specifically tailored for the Chinese market.”