What kind of game changer do we expect when we drive connected and automated vehicles?
DW: Advanced intelligent driver assistance systems offer great potential to stop crashes from happening in the first place. Further progress will come from the development of connected and automated vehicles. But we must ensure that the full benefits of ‘Big Data’ are used to maximize the safety potential. In the future, NCAPs should be able to rate vehicles based on their real world crash performance. But we must have access to the data. This is also vital to guarantee the functionality of on-board safety systems. We are entering an era in which software updates will happen over the air and modify safety-critical vehicle functionality. Both consumers and regulators will need to be reassured that safety systems are working as intended at all times.