NHTSA Proposal to Modernize Occupant Safety Standards
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently issued a press release about their first-ever proposal to modernize occupant protection safety standards for vehicles without manual controls. According to the press release, this is a first step for the NHTSA in removing barriers to motor vehicles equipped with automated driving systems. This proposal was designed to clarify some ambiguities that were part of the older occupant protection standards for vehicles equipped with automated driving systems designed without traditional manual controls.
Occupant Safety And Automated Driving Systems
At this time, officials with the NHTSA are seeking public comments on their efforts to improve safety on vehicles with automated driving systems that don’t have traditional manual controls. The proposal revises requirements and test procedures to account for the lack of manually operated driving controls. Just one of the proposed changes involves applying frontal passenger protection requirements to the traditional driver seating position when a steering wheel isn’t present. This also clarifies the applicability of some occupant protection standards to vehicles with no occupant compartments. These could involve occupant-less delivery vehicles.
Most Crashes Caused by Driver Error
Since the majority of crashes are caused by driver error, officials with the NHTSA are hoping that with the increase in automated driving systems in newer vehicles, there will be a decrease in injury causing and fatal crashes on roadways across the nation. Additionally, with these updated regulations, the hope is that there will be improved highway safety, innovation and modernization for automakers working on automated driving technologies.
Car Accidents in San Diego
While this new proposal certainly has some advantages for automakers, it remains to be seen if these regulations are going to be enough to ensure the safety of passenger occupants and other roadway users in California and across the nation. After any type of car accident, whether automated driving technology is involved or not, it’s a good idea to speak with a Personal Injury lawyer about your case.
If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident in San Diego, along the Central Coast or in any of the nearby communities, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.