In-Vehicle Technologies to the Rescue

NHTSA Administrator Dr. Mark Rosekind and U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced a proposed $4 billion federal investment to accelerate the development of safe vehicle automation.

Kudos to the National Transportation Safety Board for highlighting the benefits of new technologies in its 2016 Most Wanted List of transportation safety improvements. When the board issued it Jan. 13, it called the updated list a "road map from lessons learned to lives saved." With U.S. traffic deaths trending up last year—as of November 2015, estimated fatalities were 8.1 percent higher than the year before—it's clear we still have lots of room for improvement. While NTSB's recommendations cover all transportation modes and the board called for increased use of data recorders in all modes, what's happening in motor vehicle design is worth noting.

NHTSA Administrator Dr. Mark Rosekind highlighted this Jan. 12 when he spoke at Automotive News' World Congress in Detroit. "There may be no stronger sign of proactive safety than the steps industry is taking to incorporate crash avoidance technology," he said, according to the text posted by NHTSA. "The potential safety benefits of these innovations are hard to overstate. For more than a century, vehicle safety has meant assuming that crashes are inevitable and designing to protect occupants from the consequences. Now, increasingly, technology can prevent those crashes from ever occurring."

At the Detroit auto show the same week, he and U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced a proposed $4 billion federal investment to accelerate the development of safe vehicle automation, as well as solutions to the issues that will arise from self-driving cars. Rosekind also cited automatic emergency braking, which 10 vehicle manufacturers have agreed should be a standard feature in new vehicles; the auto industry's Information Sharing and Analysis Center focused on identifying any cybersecurity vulnerabilities; and encouraging the development of the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety, which would instantly detect a driver's alcohol impairment when the driver tries to start a vehicle.

NTSB's announcement of its 2016 list called data recorders "our most powerful tool to learn safety lessons from accidents."

This article originally appeared in the March 2016 issue of Occupational Health & Safety.

About the Author

Jerry Laws is Editor of Occupational Health & Safety magazine, which is owned by 1105 Media Inc.

Download Center

  • Safety Metrics Guide

    Is your company leveraging its safety data and analytics to maintain a safe workplace? With so much data available, where do you start? This downloadable guide will give you insight on helpful key performance indicators (KPIs) you should track for your safety program.

  • Job Hazard Analysis Guide

    This guide includes details on how to conduct a thorough Job Hazard Analysis, and it's based directly on an OSHA publication for conducting JHAs. Learn how to identify potential hazards associated with each task of a job and set controls to mitigate hazard risks.

  • A Guide to Practicing “New Safety”

    Learn from safety professionals from around the world as they share their perspectives on various “new views” of safety, including Safety Differently, Safety-II, No Safety, Human and Organizational Performance (HOP), Resilience Engineering, and more in this helpful guide.

  • Lone Worker Safety Guide

    As organizations digitalize and remote operations become more commonplace, the number of lone workers is on the rise. These employees are at increased risk for unaddressed workplace accidents or emergencies. This guide was created to help employers better understand common lone worker risks and solutions for lone worker risk mitigation and incident prevention.

  • EHS Software Buyer's Guide

    Learn the keys to staying organized, staying sharp, and staying one step ahead on all things safety. This buyer’s guide is designed for you to use in your search for the safety management solution that best suits your company’s needs.

  • Vector Solutions

Featured Whitepaper

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - July August 2022

    July / August 2022

    Featuring:

    • CONFINED SPACES
      Specific PPE is Needed for Entry and Exit
    • HAZARD COMMUNICATION
      Three Quick Steps to Better HazCom Training
    • GAS DETECTION
      Building a Chemical Emergency Toolkit
    • RESPIRATORY PROTECTION
      The Last Line of Defense
    View This Issue