MUNICH, April 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
Agreement reached between MESSRING and ADAC regarding a license for new test system for collision avoidance systems / active safety systems (pre-crash braking) will gradually be incorporated into Euro NCAP ratings / MESSRING will produce the ADAC AEBS test system including spare parts
MESSRING Systembau GmbH and ADAC have signed a cooperation agreement in the field of automotive safety technology. The market leader for crash-test facilities headquartered in Krailling, near Munich, will be responsible for production and sales of the new ADAC test system for collision avoidance systems. This patent-pending system designed by Europe's largest auto club simulates and tests the behavior of active safety systems in vehicles. Active safety systems take action before a potential accident to prevent or minimize possible bodily injury and material damage. These systems warn the driver of a possible collision in different ways based on the manufacturer's design, and as a result, help ensure that the driver utilizes the vehicle's maximum braking power. In addition, in critical situations these systems can also activate the brakes completely autonomously and entirely independent of the driver. Beginning in 2014, the Euro NCAP (European New Car Assessment Program) will conduct all of its consumer protection tests with this system. The results of these tests will then be directly incorporated into its well-known star rating system. Ultimately, this means that all vehicle manufacturers, suppliers, and institutes will work with testing equipment specified by the ADAC.
The AEBS (Advanced Emergency Braking System) test system is comprised of several components - the "target," which is designed to resemble the rear-end of a car, as well as a rugged track system that the target is attached to. This track system is attached to a conventional automobile trailer hitch, and the dummy rear-end is mounted onto it. In order for the test vehicle to classify the dummy as a real vehicle, it was tailored to the various driver assistance systems, regardless of whether these safety systems are based on radar, camera, or laser technology. In this context, the entire system can be used for test speeds of up to 80 km/h, and its strengths include the ability to be set up and taken apart quickly, a high potential testing frequency, and an extremely rugged design. In addition, a special fixed test sled was also developed for stationary trials that tests braking behavior on non-moving vehicles. A further, important benefit of the AEBS test system is that all trials can be conducted without damaging the test vehicle or the test system.
Euro NCAP has already divided the testing scenarios for driver assistance systems into three categories: City-AEB prevents collisions in an urban setting up to 20 km/h, AEB Interurban avoids crashes at speeds between 50 km/h and 80 km/h, and pedestrian recognition systems recognize pedestrian that suddenly appear before the vehicle. All three scenarios can be tested with the AEBS test system.
MESSRING, the world's leader in the field of safety testing, not only produces and sells the track system and the rear-end dummy, but also provides a trailer to transport all the components, if so desired. In addition, MESSRING provides comprehensive service, spare parts, and training for the AEBS test system. When producing this new safety product, the Munich-based company MESSRING can draw on over forty years of experience in the field of automotive test facilities and their components, and as a result, guarantees maximum precision and quality.
Active safety systems like pre-crash braking are becoming an increasingly importance part of modern vehicle design, and a large number of manufacturers already offer many of their vehicles with these options.
"Our strategic focus is clearly moving in the direction of new testing components for integral vehicle safety and active safety, and we will be launching several products in this area in the future," explained Dierk Arp, general manager of MESSRING. "I am happy that we were able to reach an agreement with ADAC regarding such an important product as the AEBS test system. In Germany and Europe, ADAC is truly an institution when it comes to the development of new safety standards, and is a very reliable partner."
Dr. Reinhard Kolke (head of testing and technology at ADAC) explains why they selected MESSRING: "We have already had a number of extremely positive experiences working with MESSRING in the past, and quickly came to agreement during the constructive talks. Every vehicle manufacturer that, in the future, selects the AEBS test system will benefit from MESSRING's immense experience in the field of crash testing."
AEBS Technical Data
Height: 1350 mm
Width: 1600 mm
Weight: 126 kg
Difference in Speed: Up to 50 km/h
Weight: 74 kg
Difference in Speed: Up to 50 km/h
Pulling Speed: Up to 80 km/h
Total Length: 21.4 m
Height-Adjustable Coupling Point
Video showing the AEBS in use (in German):
MESSRING Systembau GmbH of Munich is the world's leading manufacturer of crash test systems and components. The mid-size company designs and builds turnkey test systems for customers in all relevant markets and on nearly all continents. To date, MESSRING has implemented over 90 large crash test systems for automotive OEMs, automotive suppliers, governmental authorities and insurance companies - more than any other company. In the process, the global market leader continues to astonish the field time and again with innovative advances and revolutionary new solutions, whether in system design, the actual measurement equipment, or in documentation and recording of individual tests.
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