Automobile Safety From The Aviation Industry

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently issued a press release about leaders from two different industries joining together to improve safety for U.S. motorists. Last week, leaders from the automotive and aviation industry met with U.S. Department of Transportation officials to see how safety lessons from aviation can be applied to roadway and automotive safety. This convention, Enhancing Safety Culture in Transportation, was a forum co-hosted by the NHTSA and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Top officials from various U.S. airline companies, aerospace and automobile manufacturers were in attendance.

Aviation Safety Models

The aviation industry has had incredible success with industry-wide collaboration and standardization of improving safety and drastically reducing aviation accidents. Between 1998 and 2008, the FAA and aviation industry have implemented a variety of key safety programs, which reduced the fatality risk of U.S. commercial air travel by 83 percent. Industry leaders and the government are now working on a plan to reduce the risk by another 50 percent between 2010 and 2025. Officials with the U.S. DOT are hoping to adopt some of their safety procedures and standards to improve automotive and roadway safety. They’re hoping to replicate and adapt portions of the aviation industry’s proactive safety model.

Building a Culture of Safety 

The aviation industry has utilized proactive and data-driven strategies to build an industry-wide culture of safety. Officials with the U.S. DOT and the NHTSA are hoping to implement many of these strategies and models to improve roadway safety and overall safety within the automotive industry. By using a successful and proven risk-based strategy, automotive and safety industry leaders are looking forward to similar results on U.S. roadways. Already this year, the NHTSA in combination with 20 automakers have entered an agreement to make automatic emergency braking standard on all new vehicles by 2022. The NHTSA is hoping to promote and nurture a culture of safety through proactive industry-wide measures.


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