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Can the Aviation Industry Help Prevent San Diego Car Accidents?

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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