U.S. DOT issues Federal Automated Vehicles Policy

The Federal Automated Vehicles Policy sets out a proactive safety approach that will bring lifesaving technologies to the roads safely while providing innovators the space they need to develop new solutions. The Policy is rooted in DOT’s view that automated vehicles hold enormous potential benefits for safety, mobility and sustainability. The primary focus of the … Read more…

Web is finally paying attention to pedestrian safety!

Today is the anniversary of my late wife Tamara Hadley’s death under an illegally parked semi-truck and I was heartened to see some attention paid to a safety issue all but ignored here in America. I hope we as victim/survivors remember that over a million victims have been killed and injured here in the U.S. … Read more…

Tesla crash is still an event that provokes thought and review of safety

SEE: http://www.treehugger.com/cars/tesla-driver-killed-autopilot-crash-would-still-be-alive-if-trailers-had-side-underride-guards.html Here is my latest post at Tree Hugger: We have had underride guards that are effective in crashes above 50 mph for over 30 years. Guards must be energy absorbing for proper protection in high-speed crashes, period! Increasing the length away from the truck or trailer of the underrun guard increases the critical … Read more…

NHTSA releases study of Truck Crash Avoidance Technology

This early study is already somewhat outdated but showed the technology works and can be a useful tool. There were false positive warnings for overhead hardware and signs and in curves but newer technology already exists that would improve effectiveness in these situations. There were no rear end crashes in the study and no independent … Read more…

Vehicle crash compatibility of big trucks and trailers and new car obstacle detection systems

http://www.truckinfo.net/trucking/stats.htm reports: 2 million tractor trailers 3.5 million working truck drivers Trucking industry estimated Total revenue 255.5 billion The United States Department of Transportation estimates that over 500,000 truck accidents occur every year. How many trailers are sold in the U.S.? Approximate average of 280,000 per year Once again the automobile and trucking industries refuse … Read more…

Underride Network want list for topics at IIHS Underride Roundtable

IIHS Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Truck Underride Roundtable SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, May 5, 2016 Download PDF Version   Please send us edits or additions for this list. Vision Zero tells us to design systems for the errant drivers and that each piece of safety hardware must be a part of the whole system. … Read more…