Thanks to its extensive crash testing, the Euro NCAP, or New Car Assessment Program, has established the bar for automobile safety for more than 20 years. It should come as no surprise that safety has increased in importance given how clever and technologically complex modern cars, vans, and SUVs are.
Thousands of lives have been saved thanks to Euro NCAP's extensive and stringent crash testing throughout the duration of its existence, but it hopes to further improve safety by factoring in motorized two-wheelers. It makes sense that motorbikes undergo third-party testing to establish their overall degree of safety given how highly advanced they have become. Additionally, the recent spike in motorcycle-related incidents employing autopilot systems and their widespread use in cars is a glaring indicator that changes must be made.
In general, Euro NCAP intends to update its testing to make them more in line with real traffic situations, for example, by integrating weather factors to examine their effects on the effectiveness of driver aids as well as by incorporating trials on more cutting-edge luxury features, in particular wireless communication across cars and adaptive cruise control. More precisely, starting in 2024, initiatives involving bikes will be tested for adaptive cruise control on roadways other than freeways and expressways—such as busy city streets and urban roads.
In the end, Euro NCAP seeks to make its testing process as realistic as possible by taking into consideration all the factors that affect traffic safety. Two-wheelers are an inevitable part of daily life given the increased popularity of commuter scooters across Europe and Asia. As part of the organization's extension of its collision avoidance testing, motorized two-wheelers will be included for the first time in the evaluation scenarios for utility vehicles and technology-assisted driving.
Regarding motorcycles, Euro NCAP's updated testing procedures may be able to give manufacturers useful information on the performance of certain rider aids like lean-sensitive ABS and traction control. The improved testing may potentially lead to ergonomic improvements with a focus on safety in the future. Additionally, the updated Euro NCAP testing could also cover riding gear and equipment, potentially making gear even safer.