BMW X1 fails pedestrian recognition testFebruary 23, 2019
The American Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) tested the pedestrian recognition systems of eleven crossovers – BMW X1, Chevrolet Equinox, Honda CR-V, Hyundai Kona, Kia Sportage, Mazda CX-5, Mitsubishi Outlander, Nissan Rogue, Subaru Forester, Toyota RAV4 and Volvo XC40. Only four models received excellent marks.
About 6,000 pedestrians die on US roads every year, and IIHS experts decided to test how modern crossovers can solve this problem, because automakers are constantly reporting on the introduction of advanced noise detection systems, including pedestrians, cyclists and animals. The test collected eleven mass compact (by American standards) SUVs equipped with such systems on the conveyor. The test program included three sample scenarios:
- The mannequin, imitating an adult pedestrian 183 cm tall, crosses an empty road perpendicular to the trajectory of the test car. Measurements take place at speeds of 20 and 40 km / h, while the system has approximately 6 and 14 meters of reaction distance, respectively.
- The mannequin, imitating a 7-year-old child, 114 cm in height, enters the road perpendicular to the trajectory of the test vehicle because of the other two parked parallel to the side of the car – a crossover and a car. Measurements take place at speeds of 20 and 40 km / h, while the system has approximately 10.5 and 20 meters of reaction distance, respectively.
- A mannequin imitating an adult pedestrian 183 cm tall moves forward along the road in front of the test car. Measurements occur at speeds of 40 and 60 km / h.
Each test was conducted five times a day in dry weather, the average reduced speed was taken into account. The highest rating of Superior on the totality of all tests was set if the car managed to avoid collisions and significantly reduce the speed before contact with the dummies. Honda CR-V, Subaru Forester, Toyota RAV4 and Volvo XC40 earned such an assessment, while the Forester and RAV4 were able to avoid contact with dummies in all perpendicular tests.
A good Advanced rating was given for most successfully passed tests, it was earned by the Chevrolet Equinox, Hyundai Kona, Kia Sportage, Mazda CX-5 and Nissan Rogue (in our X-Trail).
Mitsubishi Outlander received only a minimal Basic rating: testers recorded an insufficient speed reduction before a collision in all disciplines.
German premium crossover BMW X1 received “unsuccessful” – a complete failure! Practically, there is practically no sense from the Daytime Pedestrian Detection system: in most tests, it does not reduce or reduce the speed slightly in front of an obstacle, and did not notice a pedestrian walking along the road at 60 km / h – the car pulled it down like a pin!
And what about Euro NCAP, in the test program of which, more recently, there are exercises with pedestrians? Alas, the BMW X1 passed the tests last time in 2015, even before their introduction. But in October last year, Euro NCAP published the results of the first tests of autonomous driving systems of the initial level, in which the “five” BMW participated, and then European experts noted an insufficient level of driver support by electronic assistants and poor interference detection. In general, BMW drivers in emergency situations should rely first of all on their own reaction speed, and not on insuring electronics, which, by the way, makes up a considerable share of the price of the car.
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