Tata Motors recently announced that its upcoming SUV Tata punch has received a 5-star rating for adult occupant protection and a 4-star rating for child occupant protection from the Global NCAP (New Car Assessment Program). Tata Punch was unveiled earlier this month and is slated to hit the market on October 18 and be part of the mini / micro SUV segment. It will likely be in the range of Rs 5.5 lakh to Rs 8 lakh (ex showroom). Tata Punch is the company’s third car, after Altroz and Nexon, to receive a 5-star rating for adult protection from Global NCAP. Aside from the security, connected cars is the latest buzzword among car manufacturers. Almost every other brand is integrating more and more technology to make cars smarter, safer, and better. We explain what 5-star safety ratings mean, what connected cars can do, and more.
This is how security tests are carried out
First, the manufacturer turns to Global NCAP with a request to submit a model for voluntary testing. For the test there is an independent selection from the vehicles in the factory or at any dealer. The vehicle is then sent to the laboratory, where various crash tests are carried out for detailed technical inspection.
What is Global NCAP?
For those who don’t know, Global NCAP is a program by the Towards Zero Foundation, a UK-based charity that works internationally to support the UN Decade of Road Safety Action, with the goal of reducing the number of road deaths and serious injuries halve by 2030 NCAP launched the Safer Cars For India campaign with the aim of promoting safer vehicles in the country. Between 2014 and 2021, the program completed more than 45 safety assessments.
What it means for users
Let’s make it clear that this is not a mandatory safety assessment. This is something that automakers are doing to improve the driving or safety of their new products. So the car is “safer”, but as I said, it does not fall within the scope of mandatory safety regulations. It is a beautiful M.
Safety features in cars
Take the example of Tata Punch – as it has a 5-star rating – which comes with dual airbags, ABS brakes, and ISOFIX anchorages. It can be improved by equipping the model with electronic stability control (ESC) as standard, side head impact protection systems as standard and 3-point belts in all seating positions. Well, these are more of the “standard” features that most automakers incorporate depending on the segment in which the car was introduced.
Security features for connected cars:
Connected cars in India are still exploring early waters. Tata uses iRA technology in models such as the Nexon, Altroz and Punch. The Tata Punch comes as an additional package that is only available in the top creative version. The technology enables you to access and control various functions of the car via your smartphone. It also allows you to track your car’s live location and set a geofencing perimeter to receive notifications of the violation. For example, if someone tries to steal your car, you will immediately receive an alert on your smartphone. The app will also notify you if someone tries to break into your car.
The package also allows you to control and monitor some things like the lock and unlock function, turning the headlights on and off, and more through the app.
Again, Tata isn’t the first or only brand to do this. Hyundai uses something called the Blue Link which has 30+ functions including the ability to lock and unlock the car. Or Kia Motors has Uvo Connect, which can be integrated with the users’ smartphones and smartwatches. Kia also offers functions such as live auto tracking and automatic collision notification.