Testing Autonomous Emergency Braking & Forward Collision Warning Systems

Test and validate AEB / FCW systems in accordance with NCAP & NHTSA standards

  • Euro NCAP Autonomous Emergency Braking testing
  • ISO 15623 Forward Collision Warning System testing
  • NHTSA Forward Collision Warning System testing
  • 2 cm position accuracy indoors and outdoors

Validate your AEB or FCW system with VBOX 


VBOX equipment provides positional accuracy to within 2 cm, along with a real-time output of the relevant parameters required to develop autonomous emergency braking and forward collision warning systems. When used in conjunction with Euro NCAP approved driving robots, such as those by AB Dynamics, the VBOX 3i RTK outputs data that meets the requirements set out in the NCAP assessment.

Using our free software plugin for Euro NCAP AEB testing, and a VBOX video data logger, can significantly reduce the amount of time spent on track and in post-processing.

NCAP-compliant

The VBOX 3i RTK offers Euro NCAP-compliant logging rates (100 Hz) and a positional accuracy of less than 2 cm, when used with an RTK Base Station or NTRIP device.

Robot Integration

VBOX equipment can be used with Anthony Best Dynamics and VEHICO driving robots, to achieve the necessary level of consistency for NCAP approval.

Indoor / Outdoor Testing

We offer a complete solution for testing your AEB / FCW system both indoors and outdoors, with 2 cm accuracy.

Real-time Feedback

VBOX Test Suite installed on a Windows device within the test vehicle offers real-time display of all measured parameters including the speed, yaw rate, longitudinal and lateral range, as well as pass/fail feedback.

Video Integration

You can use a VBOX video logger to simultaneously record and display data and video footage. This gives you an exact comparison between relative vehicle position and onboard strategy data.

Dedicated Software

VBOX Test Suite is free to all VBOX users, available in ten different languages and pre-installed with a dedicated AEB plugin for Euro NCAP testing.

VBOX Test Suite with dedicated AEB plugin

Our user-friendly, intuitive data analysis software makes the process of recording and analysing your test data as quick and easy as possible.

park assist icon blueA dedicated AEB plugin includes all three types of Euro NCAP testing scenarios: car-to-car rear stationary, car-to-car rear moving, and car-to-car rear braking (CCRs, CCRm, CCRb).

The NCAP protocol’s test parameters for AEB are hard-coded into the VBOX Test Suite software, and all the relevant channels are automatically created and logged during a test: subject and target vehicle speeds, relative distances between them, lateral deviation, yaw and steering wheel velocity. For each run, you can clearly see whether each test condition is within tolerance, and a pass/fail status for the test as a whole.

This level of automation results in a significant reduction in post-processing work as well as the time already saved on track. A comprehensive report can be generated at the end of the test, providing all session information and results for post-test analysis.

Testing Equipment


A typical AEB test setup consists of two VBOX 3i 100 Hz data loggers, an RTK Base Station or NTRIP solution, telemetry radios, and an Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU). Optional video integration can be achieved by adding a VBOX video logger.

Measured Parameters

  • Speed of target and subject vehicle (0.1 km/h RMS)
  • Longitudinal separation (0.02 m RMS)
  • Lateral separation (0.02 m RMS)
  • Time to collision (0.05 s)
  • Yaw rate for target and subject vehicle
  • Angle to target vehicle (0.1º RMS)
  • AEB/FC warning signal output

RTK for 2 cm Positional Accuracy

The VBOX 3i RTK data logger offers Euro NCAP-compliant logging rates (100 Hz) and a positional accuracy of less than 2 cm, when using RTK correctional data from a Base Station or NTRIP solution.

Robot Integration

Meeting the Euro NCAP standards successfully requires the use of steering and pedal robots to maintain accurate conditions for speed, drive line, distance and braking as laid out in the test requirements.

VBOX equipment can be used with driving robots from NCAP approved manufacturers such as Anthony Best Dynamics, to achieve the necessary level of consistency required when conducting such tests.

Video Integration

If the vehicle carries the AEB operation data on its CAN Bus, you can use a VBOX video logger to simultaneously log and display the data and video alongside that of the GPS data. This gives you an exact comparison between relative vehicle position and onboard strategy data.

Graphical overlay is totally user configurable and can be easily altered to present relevant information according to the tests being conducted.

Survey Pole for Vehicle Mapping

It is now possible to ‘map’ the shape of vehicles using a survey pole, antenna, and VBOX Manager. Up to twenty-four points around the vehicle bodies can be surveyed, and the ‘shape’ of each car can be stored for later use. As the test is conducted, the distance of the closest contact points between the vehicles is calculated to +/-2 cm accuracy, automatically switching to the nearest contact points as they change with the car’s relative positions.

Logging Warning Signals

If you cannot use the vehicles' own CAN system to log AEB warning signals directly to a VBOX, you can use an AVAD3 audio & visual detector from DTC Solutions to capture acoustic and optical alerts and signals generated by the vehicle's advanced driver assistance system.

It produces a CAN or digital signal when recognising changes of the shapes and colours of defined icons or when audible signals are identified. The output of the AVAD3 can then be used by the VBOX to log the exact moment the vehicle safety message is displayed to the driver.

Tablet or PC for live data display

Want to save time analysing your data?

Let VBOX Test Suite do it for you. The software can be used to monitor vehicle speed and deviation in real-time from within the test vehicle, whilst providing the driver with an immediate insight into the pass or fail rate of the runs being performed.

VBOX can be placed behind EVT to stay within lateral range tolerances

EURO NCAP recommends the measurement system (VBOX) to be placed in the towing car, which can cause its lateral position to differ substantially due to the position of the Euro NCAP Vehicle Target (EVT) - at the end of a 26 m towing rig. This could be caused by simple factors like worn rollers, road camber or side winds, that can result in the +/- 10 cm lateral range tolerance outlined by NCAP being exceeded and thus invalidating the results.

To ensure that the measurements taken by the VBOX accurately reflect the true position projected by the tow vehicle ahead, the VBOX can be mounted inside a secure Peli case on the rear of the EVT itself.

AEB Testing Indoors

If you need to validate the accuracy of your AEB or FCW system indoors, the VBOX Indoor Positioning System (VIPS) is the reliable alternative to GPS.

Using the latest Ultra-Wideband technology, VIPS provides you with RTK levels of accuracy and an update rate of 100 Hz, making it ideal to test many Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and robot-controlled applications.

Robot Assisted AEB Testing with VBOX

AEB testing requires the vehicle to take a repeatable and highly accurate drive line. A VBOX 3i RTK using IMU integration provides the speed, heading, and positional data to the required accuracy for a driving robot to follow a predefined path.

Contact us for more information. 

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