With fatal motor vehicle accidents on the rise, federal regulators are
looking to the aviation industry for help. Late last month, the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Federal Aviation
Administration (FAA) convened a forum to discuss how safety lessons from
aviation can be applied to the auto industry.
Along with federal officials, top executives from U.S. airlines and automobile
manufacturers attended the
Enhancing Safety Culture in Transportation forum. The goal was to determine how the FAA’s successful proactive, data-driven
strategies can be applied to the auto industry.
After implementing a series of safety programs, the aviation industry reduced
the fatality risk in U.S. commercial air travel by 83 percent between
1998 and 2008. The airlines and FAA are now working to further reduce
the U.S. commercial air travel fatality risk by 50 percent from 2010 to 2025.
“The commercial aviation industry's unprecedented period of safety
is the result of hard work,” said NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind.
“The aviation industry and the FAA have partnered to create new
strategies and build a safety culture from top to bottom. We believe that
the best practices will apply to the auto industry too. We have started
by establishing the proactive safety principles, which have already yielded
concrete results. We will continue looking for new safety solutions anywhere
we can find them.”
As highlighted by NHTSA, the forum builds on the
safety principles agreement between the Department of Transportation and 18 automakers. Those principles
are intended to help the industry build a culture of proactive safety,
improve data analysis, maximize safety recall participation rates and
enhance cybersecurity, while working in a collaborative manner.
NHTSA is already taking steps to implement its own strategies. In March,
20 automakers representing more than 99 percent of the U.S. market agreed
to voluntarily make automatic emergency braking a standard feature on
all new cars by 2022.
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