Scary footage shows how far car safety has come in 20 years

Scary footage showing an older vehicle and a much more modern one crashing into the same bollard has been published to show how far car design has come since the Euro NCAP tests came into being.

A 1997 Rover 100 and a 2017 Honda Jazz were put through a head-on collision at 40mph to show just how much of an impact the Euro New Car Assessment Programme (NCAP) has made since being launched in February 1997.

The poor little Rover 100 had very little to protect its occupants and no air bags either.

The crash destroyed the entire front of the car, leaving very little room for anyone to survive within.

Further improvements

Thatcham Research chief executive Peter Shaw has said that new vehicle improvements will likely be aimed at avoiding crashes altogether. New options, such as automatic braking could be fitted to help motorists avoid an accident in the first place.

He said: “The focus now is all about crash prevention, making sure that Britain’s roads continue to become even safer, not just for car occupants but for every road user.”

“We have come a long way since the days when manufacturers met only the most basic, mandatory safety requirements but we must continue to apply pressure.”

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