Ingenieur Vol. 74 Ingenieur Vol 72, April-June 2018 - Page 23

Figure 2 – Evolution of ASEAN NCAP rating system on Safety Assist BST aims at eliminating collision with other vehicles, especially motorcycles, coming from either the side or rear of a car when they are in the blind spot zone of the car. By having BST, the detector will be able to warn the driver that a motorcycle is approaching. This will help to deter a collision from occurring or minimize the injury sustained by the motorcyclist, especially when a motorcyclist is not visible when a car is about to change lanes or turn. This is especially important in ASEAN countries where motorcycle crashes and fatalities remain a growing public health concern. SAT technologies are not widely available in the region even for high-end models and, as a result, ASEAN NCAP has included several technologies such as Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) for three applications; interurban-urban (high speed condition), city (low-speed condition) and vulnerable road user (VRU) as a “soft-landing” approach. Despite the availability of certain DAS in high- end vehicles in the region, there are still several issues on acceptance and use among consumers. MIROS have taken the initiative to assess these aspects by taking BST as the first technology to be assessed in this region, specifically Malaysia. MIROS’ researchers surveyed owners from three different manufacturers namely Volvo, Toyota and Mazda equipped with BST at respective service centres. In total, 300 questionnaires were distributed (100 for each make); but only 276 valid responses were analysed. The result of this study revealed that acceptance and experience with the BST system among Malaysian early adopters was high with most of them claiming the BST system had 21