The Safety Promise and Challenge of Automotive Electronics

The Safety Promise and Challenge of Automotive Electronics

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TRB has released the final version of TRB Special Report 308: The Safety Promise and Challenge of Automotive Electronics: Insights from Unintended Acceleration, which examines how the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) regulatory, research, and defect investigation programs can be strengthened to meet the safety assurance and oversight challenges arising from the expanding functionality and use of automotive electronics. The report gives particular attention to the NHTSA response to consumer complaints of vehicles accelerating unintentionally and to concerns that faulty electronic systems may have been to blame. The committee that produced the report found that the increasingly capable and complex electronics systems being added to automobiles present many opportunities for making driving safer but also present new demands for ensuring their safe performance. These safety assurance demands pertain both to the automotive industry development and deployment of electronics systems and to the safety oversight role of NHTSA. With regard to the latter, the committee recommends that NHTSA give explicit consideration to the oversight challenges arising from automotive electronics and that the agency develop and articulate a long term strategy for meeting these challenges.Six hundred owners responded, and 35 reported problems with floor mat interference with the accelerator pedal. Toyota issued a recall of the accessory rubber floor mat, prompting ODI to close its investigation. The interviewed drivers reportedanbsp;...

Title:The Safety Promise and Challenge of Automotive Electronics
Publisher:Transportation Research Board - 2012-01-01


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