NSC Statement on Release of NHTSA Crash Data on Automated Vehicles

NSC has long supported transparency around effectiveness of advanced technology.

June 15, 2022

Itasca, Ill. – The National Safety Council applauds the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for requiring data on crashes involving vehicles with partial or fully automated technology be made available to the public. With nearly 43,000 lives lost in preventable crashes on U.S. roads in 2021, these data are critical to decreasing fatalities and saving lives. 

NSC has long supported safety reporting, including greater transparency around the effectiveness of advanced technology in preventing crashes. NSC also knows these data are necessary to inform the changes this country must see on our roadways, such as performance-based requirements for ADAS technology as well as vehicle design changes to ensure protection for people outside the vehicle.

While technology is not the sole solution to preventing crashes, NSC urges NHTSA to use these data to create standards for installation on vehicles at all price points and calls on the agency to continue these steps in the right direction to save lives on U.S. roads.

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