DRI has released an updated version of the Soft Car 360, the Euro NCAP approved global vehicle target (GVT), known as Revision G. It features improved side support for a sturdier more repeatable shape and includes radar treatment improvements.
The new Soft Car 360® is Euro NCAP approved for the new CCFtap scenario being introduced in the 2020 protocol as well as for existing scenarios, such as CCR (Car-to-Car Rear). The previous version of the Soft Car, Revision F, is still approved for the CCR scenarios.
Many customers are currently using the Soft Car 360 Revision F for development and testing. Existing customers can continue to use their Revision F targets for Euro NCAP CCR evaluations and their own internal development. However, if a customer wants to test For Euro NCAP CCFtap scenarios customers should consider purchasing a new Revision G target or a Retrofit Kit to convert their Revision F to G.
DRI has been working with sensor suppliers to ensure the characteristics of the Soft Car are representative and in line with the state of the art in terms of detection algorithms. As sensor detection algorithms become more sophisticated it is necessary to present a more realistic representation to prevent false alarms and misclassifications.
In order to improve the characteristics from the front and side, we made several changes to the radar treatment that is integrated into the Soft Car components. This includes changes to the skin and wheel treatment. There were also some minor shape changes to the front of the Soft Car to improve front radar return and to the side to improve the ability to hold its shape.