The introduction of automated driving functions will increase the demands placed on the safety of pre-crash recognition. New systems and algorithms for pre-crash recognition are being studied in general research projects, and relevant safety actuators, such as smart airbags, are being developed for this. The safety potential thus gained must be tested and approved using modified test methods. This involves defining new crash scenarios in which the vehicle is actively driven and safety functions such as AEB and AES are active. This enables predictive crash severity algorithms to be verified before they are employed in road traffic. In the course of these projects, test vehicles are built, safety component prototypes tested, associated test methods defined and the test infrastructure (crash system) adapted for the purpose.