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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s 2015 year-end report has been released. Despite the criticism frequently leveled at the agency, one thing is certainly true: NHTSA remains one of the technologically advanced and open agencies in the federal government.

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has taken an extremely proactive role in the assimilation of technology in roadway safety requirements. For example, among the achievements that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration touts for 2015 are:

  1. Advanced Automated Vehicle and Crash Avoidance Technologies: Announced a series of steps to speed lifesaving innovations, such as vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) crash avoidance technology and to identify possible regulatory obstacles to better understand where problems can be addressed internally and where we will need Congressional action [5/13/15].
  2. Improved the Safety of Heavy Trucks and Buses by Requiring Electronic Stability Control (ESC): Finalized requirement for Electronic Stability Control on heavy trucks and large buses, which will save up to 49 lives and prevent up to 1,759 crashes each year [6/3/15]
  3. Worked Together to Make Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) Standard: Announced commitment from 10 major vehicle manufacturers to make automatic emergency braking (AEB) a standard feature on all new vehicles built; agency will also add automatic emergency braking systems to its New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) 5-Star Safety Ratings [9/11/15]

Source: http://www.nhtsa.gov/nhtsa/accomplishments/2015/index.html

We are seeing an increasing prevalence of automation in accident prevention measures required by NHTSA, and the NHTSA year end report exemplifies this trend.

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