The New South Wales Government is investing $1.6 million into its Crashlab research centre, Roads, Maritime and Freight Services Minister Melinda Pavey has announced.
Crashlab, based in Huntswood in Sydney’s western suburbs, provides national research, consumer evaluation, development and certification testing.
The centre will use the funding to enable the assessment of automated emergency braking (AEB) systems and other driver assistance systems, Mrs Pavey said.
“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.
“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.”
Crashlab is accredited by the National Association of Testing Laboratories as a testing laboratory and has also been accredited with the UK Vehicle Certification Authority and the Saudi Arabian Standards Organisation.
The investment follows on from a recent upgrade of crash test equipment. This upgrade will cater for broadened ANCAP safety ratings, which have come into place for the start of this year.