Autonomous Driver Assistance System, commonly known as ADAS, is becoming increasingly common in many mass-market cars across the country. Unfortunately, there have been numerous incidents where car owners have been observed misusing this feature. However, there is a recent accident where ADAS played a crucial role in saving the lives of the passengers.
The accident occurred in Jharkhand, involving a Mahindra XUV700 that was reportedly being driven at a very high speed. The incident took place late at night on a relatively empty highway. According to the available details, the Mahindra XUV700 lost control and collided directly with the rear of a truck. In this critical moment, the ADAS system’s autonomous emergency braking (AEB) intervened by slowing down the vehicle, thereby mitigating the severity of the impact between the XUV700 and the truck.
Despite sustaining significant damage at the front, the XUV700’s structural integrity remained intact. The exact speed at which the vehicle was travelling and the circumstances leading to the loss of control are not confirmed. It is plausible that the vehicle was being driven recklessly at a high speed.
Fortunately, due to the intervention of the ADAS (through AEB) and the design of the vehicle, the impact did not reach the pillars of the XUV700, ensuring that the cabin remained safe. The result of this fortunate combination was that there were no reported injuries from the accident, and all occupants of the car came out of the vehicle unharmed.
The Mahindra XUV700 has become the second car in Mahindra’s history to achieve a complete five-star safety rating. The SUV underwent crash tests based on the previous regulations, which did not include a side crash test. Despite this, it stands out as one of the safest vehicles available in the market.
5-star rated by Global NCAP
Global NCAP awarded a five-star rating to the Mahindra XUV700 after it scored an impressive 16.03 out of a total of 17 points. The car’s structural integrity has also been deemed stable. The crash test revealed that potential injuries to front passengers are also minimal. Notably, the XUV700 also achieved the highest-ever child safety rating score during testing, scoring 41.66 out of a maximum of 49 points. This achievement marks the highest child safety rating among all made-in-India cars. The bodyshell and the footwell area of the Mahindra XUV700 were both rated as stable.
The combined score achieved by the XUV700 is the highest among all the cars tested under Global NCAP’s ‘Safer Cars For India’ campaign. This outstanding performance led to the XUV700 being awarded a full 5-star rating. Interestingly, the Scorpio-N achieved a higher score than the XUV700, as it was tested under the updated, stricter protocols.