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ADAC Partnering with MESSRING

April 24, 2013

MUNICH, April 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –

Agreement reached between MESSRING and ADAC regarding a license for new test
system for collision avoidance systems / active safety systems (pre-crash braking) will
gradually be incorporated into Euro NCAP ratings / MESSRING will produce the ADAC AEBS

test system including spare parts

MESSRING Systembau GmbH and ADAC have signed a cooperation agreement in the field of
automotive safety technology. The market leader for crash-test facilities headquartered in
Krailling, near Munich, will be responsible for production and sales of the new ADAC test
system for collision avoidance systems. This patent-pending system designed by Europe’s
largest auto club simulates and tests the behavior of active safety systems in vehicles.
Active safety systems take action before a potential accident to prevent or minimize
possible bodily injury and material damage. These systems warn the driver of a possible
collision in different ways based on the manufacturer’s design, and as a result, help
ensure that the driver utilizes the vehicle’s maximum braking power. In addition, in
critical situations these systems can also activate the brakes completely autonomously and
entirely independent of the driver. Beginning in 2014, the Euro NCAP (European New Car
Assessment Program) will conduct all of its consumer protection tests with this system.
The results of these tests will then be directly incorporated into its well-known star
rating system. Ultimately, this means that all vehicle manufacturers, suppliers, and
institutes will work with testing equipment specified by the ADAC.

The AEBS (Advanced Emergency Braking System) test system is comprised of several
components – the “target,” which is designed to resemble the rear-end of a car, as well as
a rugged track system that the target is attached to. This track system is attached to a
conventional automobile trailer hitch, and the dummy rear-end is mounted onto it. In order
for the test vehicle to classify the dummy as a real vehicle, it was tailored to the
various driver assistance systems, regardless of whether these safety systems are based on
radar, camera, or laser technology. In this context, the entire system can be used for
test speeds of up to 80 km/h, and its strengths include the ability to be set up and taken
apart quickly, a high potential testing frequency, and an extremely rugged design. In
addition, a special fixed test sled was also developed for stationary trials that tests
braking behavior on non-moving vehicles. A further, important benefit of the AEBS test
system is that all trials can be conducted without damaging the test vehicle or the test

Euro NCAP has already divided the testing scenarios for driver assistance systems into
three categories: City-AEB prevents collisions in an urban setting up to 20 km/h, AEB
Interurban avoids crashes at speeds between 50 km/h and 80 km/h, and pedestrian
recognition systems recognize pedestrian that suddenly appear before the vehicle. All
three scenarios can be tested with the AEBS test system.

MESSRING, the world’s leader in the field of safety testing, not only produces and
sells the track system and the rear-end dummy, but also provides a trailer to transport
all the components, if so desired. In addition, MESSRING provides comprehensive service,
spare parts, and training for the AEBS test system. When producing this new safety
product, the Munich-based company MESSRING can draw on over forty years of experience in
the field of automotive test facilities and their components, and as a result, guarantees
maximum precision and quality.

Active safety systems like pre-crash braking are becoming an increasingly importance
part of modern vehicle design, and a large number of manufacturers already offer many of
their vehicles with these options.

“Our strategic focus is clearly moving in the direction of new testing components for
integral vehicle safety and active safety, and we will be launching several products in
this area in the future,” explained Dierk Arp, general manager of MESSRING. “I am happy
that we were able to reach an agreement with ADAC regarding such an important product as
the AEBS test system. In Germany and Europe, ADAC is truly an institution when it comes to
the development of new safety standards, and is a very reliable partner.”

Dr. Reinhard Kolke (head of testing and technology at ADAC) explains why they selected
MESSRING: “We have already had a number of extremely positive experiences working with
MESSRING in the past, and quickly came to agreement during the constructive talks. Every
vehicle manufacturer that, in the future, selects the AEBS test system will benefit from
MESSRING’s immense experience in the field of crash testing.”

AEBS Technical Data

        Track Sleds:
        Height: 1350 mm
        Width: 1600 mm
        Weight: 126 kg
        Difference in Speed:  Up to 50 km/h

        Stationary Sleds:
        Weight: 74 kg
        Difference in Speed:  Up to 50 km/h

        Track System:
        Pulling Speed: Up to 80 km/h
        Total Length: 21.4 m
        Height-Adjustable Coupling Point

Video showing the AEBS in use (in German):



MESSRING Systembau GmbH of Munich is the world’s leading manufacturer of crash test
systems and components. The mid-size company designs and builds turnkey test systems for
customers in all relevant markets and on nearly all continents. To date, MESSRING has
implemented over 90 large crash test systems for automotive OEMs, automotive suppliers,
governmental authorities and insurance companies – more than any other company. In the
process, the global market leader continues to astonish the field time and again with
innovative advances and revolutionary new solutions, whether in system design, the actual
measurement equipment, or in documentation and recording of individual tests.

For more information, go to http://www.messring.de.

        Press Contact:
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