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Crash avoidance systems such as Volvo’s City Safety technology are to be assessed by safety organisation Euro NCAP.

The European crash test body is currently assessing systems from “a number of European cars” and plans to publish the results next month (October 29th).

What’s more, it is anticipated the effectiveness of crash avoidance systems will be included in overall Euro NCAP ratings from next year.

Euro NCAP says it will test both low-speed (city safety) and high-speed (inter-urban) systems, following a similar protocol to US assessment organisation the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

The first IIHS crash avoidance tests are released today.

Michiel van Ratingen, Secretary General of Euro NCAP, said: “Systems which help drivers to avoid or mitigate crashes are already in the marketplace and will become commonplace in the coming years.

“Euro NCAP will lead the assessment of such technologies and its protocols will be the benchmark to help consumers differentiate good systems from bad ones.”

Crash avoidance technologies include Autonomous Emergency Braking and Forward Collision Warning Systems; many cars now offer it, with Volvo being one of the pioneers, Ford offering it on the best-selling Fiesta and Volkswagen offering one of the cheapest such systems on the Up city car.