David Ward speaking at CATARC’s 2012 Automotive Safety Technology Development International Forum
The FIA Foundation has signed a co-operation agreement with the Chinese Automotive Technology and Research Centre (CATARC). The signing ceremony took place on China’s 2012 Automobile Safety Day on November 8th held at CATARC’s new research centre in Tianjin. The centre contains eight laboratories and a state of the art crash test facility. The Safety Day also featured an International Forum and demonstration of the laboratory in which a 3 Series BMW completed a frontal impact test at 64kph.
At the Forum the FIA Foundation’s Director General gave a presentation on the UN Decade of Action and Vehicle Safety in which he highlighted the importance of global standards for front and side impact, for crash avoidance technologies such as Electronic Stability Control, and the role of New Car Assessment Programmes (NCAP). CATARC hosts the China NCAP which this year has for the first time included the 64 kph offset frontal test in its consumer information programme. This test is also used by similar NCAPs in Australia, Europe and Latin America.
The Memorandum of Understanding between the Foundation and CATARC will encourage co-operation on the UN Decade of Action and on vehicle safety issues. China is now the world’s largest producer and market for automobiles. Between 2005 and 2011 passenger cars sales in China have grown by 24%.