Nissan Leaf five-stars for safety

Nissan Leaf is the first car to secure a five-star rating for safety this year from the Euro NCAP test programme.

The key to the new programme is the introduction of tests to assess the performance of Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) systems which can detect cyclists.

Matthew Avery, director of research, Thatcham Research commented, ‘Safety campaigners have raised concerns about noise, or rather the lack of it, in fully electrified vehicles – especially in urban driving environments. This is why standard-fit AEB systems that can detect vulnerable road users should be fundamental to any electric vehicle’s suite of safety technologies – as the Nissan LEAF demonstrates.’

Euro NCAP introduced the assessment of AEB technology into the vehicle scheme in 2014. The first application was for car-to-car front-to-rear collisions, with a recent study showing a 38% effectiveness for the technology at reducing such collisions.