Honda's new Civic has achieved the maximum 5-star rating of the Euro NCAP, extending the Euro NCAP Advanced reward for the automaker's Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) technology. The rating system deals with the automobile's general safety performance, giving the customers an easy-to-comprehend single score.
This system takes into consideration the availability of driver aids, child protection, occupant protection and pedestrian protection. Since the launch of the new rating scheme of Euro NCAP in February 2009, all Honda models tested were able to obtain 5-star scores.
In addition, Euro NCAP has also extended the automaker's Advanced NCAP reward for its CMBS technology to take in the new Civic. Through this reward, the CMBS technology of Honda is recognized as among the best available safety innovations, providing demonstrated benefits. The Euro NCAP Advanced scheme was developed in order to respond to the rapid development of new safety technologies, wherein no independent assessment is available.
The CMBS is a radar-based autonomous emergency braking system that has been developed to help avoid collisions with automobile whether stationary or moving in the same direction. This system will alert the driver to an impending collision both at high speeds (a situation common in motorways and rural regions) and at low speeds (common in urban driving).
Basing on the accident statistics in Germany and in the broader European community, the automaker estimates that the annual number of accidents that could have been prevented or reduced (if all vehicles come with CMBS) will range from 200,000 to 250,000. The top safety rating and Advanced NCAP reward of the new Civic mirror the automaker's commitment to general automobile safety.
The omni-directional car-to-car crash test facility of Honda at the Tochigi R&D centre studies the impacts between models of various weights and sizes. It also creates solutions to reduce occurrence of injuries for pedestrians and passengers. The facility was opened in 2001. It is the first indoor facility of its type in the world.