Aviation and automobile industry forum on safety

Leaders from the aviation and automotive industries joined with top U.S. Department of Transportation officials to discuss how safety lessons from aviation can be applied to the auto industry. The Enhancing Safety Culture in Transportation forum was co-hosted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Federal Aviation Administration, and was attended by top officials from U.S. airlines and aerospace and automobile manufacturers.

A historic proactive safety principles agreement between the Department of Transportation and 18 automakers seeks to help the industry build a culture of proactive safety, improve data analysis, maximize safety recall participation rates and enhance cybersecurity, while working in a collaborative manner.

The FAA and aviation industry have implemented a number of key safety programs, which reduced the fatality risk in U.S. commercial air travel by 83 percent between 1998 and 2008. The industry and government are now working to further reduce the U.S. commercial air travel fatality risk by 50 percent from 2010 to 2025.

The proactive safety approach is already yielding results in the auto industry. Last month, the U.S. Department of Transportation joined the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety to announce that 20 automakers representing more than 99 percent of the U.S. market would voluntarily make automatic emergency braking a standard feature on all new cars by 2022. NHTSA and the auto industry will continue raise the bar on safety by implementing the proactive safety principles agreement.

To read the entire National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s press release, follow this link: http://www.nhtsa.gov/About+NHTSA/Press+Releases/nhtsa-faa-safety-forum-04222016

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