Federal regulators at the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) have recently announced that they will be committed to meeting some important safety milestones in the New Year.
These goals, which are intended to “significantly improve [vehicle] safety, mobility, and sustainability,” have been backed by a nearly $4 billion federal investment, which will be paid over the next decade. And according to the DOT, the goals for 2016 include:
Explaining the importance of these goals for 2016, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has noted that:
We are on the cusp of a new era in automotive technology with enormous potential to save lives, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and transform mobility for the American people.
Backing this up, NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind explained that:
NHTSA is using all of its available tools to accelerate the deployment of technologies that can eliminate 94 percent of fatal crashes involving human error… We will work with state partners toward creating a consistent national policy on these innovations, provide options now and into the future for manufacturers seeking to deploy autonomous vehicles, and keep our safety mission paramount at every stage.
The DOT’s big plans for 2016 are part of the greater goal to prevent traffic crashes, injuries and deaths on U.S. roadways. As DOT officials have pointed out, working towards this goal in 2015 involved:
And, in addition to the vehicle safety initiatives and goals for 2016, over the next 10 years, officials will also reportedly be accelerating “the developing and adoption of safe vehicle automation through real-world pilot projects.”
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