Safety Research Director, Thatcham
As Safety Research Director at Thatcham, Matthew Avery’s current role involves liaison with vehicle manufacturers, legislators and global NCAP initiatives in all aspects of crash testing, with a view to encouraging safer designs whilst controlling insurance costs.
Mr Avery has led much of Thatcham’s research work into whiplash testing. He co-authored the international insurance seat assessment procedure, now used as the basis for the Euro NCAP whiplash test and also advises on whiplash issues within the European legislative framework. He also chairs various working groups within the crash test community.
Mr Avery is currently leading detailed research into collision avoidance technologies and has been pivotal in the definition of test procedures to evaluate AEB – these tests now being integrated into the UK Group Rating system and Euro NCAP for 2014. New research work looking at pedestrian detection and auto-braking will lead to AEB pedestrian tests within Euro NCAP from 2016.
In 2011, he was awarded the US Government Special Award of Appreciation for his contribution to the field of global traffic safety.