A new report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration warns that a surge in traffic fatalities in the U.S. will result from the lack of safety features on road transport systems.
The NHTSA’s annual Traffic Safety Study, released this week, found that in 2016, there were more than 3,000 deaths on U.T. vehicles alone.
It noted that a significant portion of those fatalities involved drivers who did not wear seatbelts, rear-facing head-up displays, or other safety features.
The report said that a major problem with vehicle safety is the lack a properly functioning dashboard camera or other device that can display a driver’s license or insurance card.
The study also found that the average number of crashes on UTTs increased by almost 50 percent in the first six months of 2017 compared to the same period last year.
The study, conducted by researchers from the NHTAS, found: Vehicle crash fatality rates in the United States rose from 4.1 per 100,000 in 2015 to 4.5 per 100 in 2016.
In 2016, the most recent year for which crash data are available, there was an average of nearly 1,500 crashes per day, compared to more than 1,100 in 2015.
At least one major U.K.-based transport company is investing millions of dollars in automated technology that could soon see its vehicles deployed nationwide.
In a press release this week announcing a new $1.4 million investment in a technology that will replace the vehicle’s steering wheel, the company, O2, noted that its systems could be deployed in 2020 to improve vehicle safety.
The technology will be deployed as part of the “Automated Road Transport” program, a joint initiative between Transport for London, the National Transport Safety Board, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, and the Association of British Automobile Manufacturers.
O2 has invested in the technology since 2016 and has developed its own platform, Ozone, which is used in its fleet of 4,000 vehicles.
According to the company’s website, the Ozone platform is based on “smart technology” that “automatically optimizes a vehicle’s behavior based on real-time traffic conditions and vehicle characteristics, with the goal of reducing vehicle fatality and injury rates.”
The company says it has already been testing its technology on its fleet in London, and expects that its technology will also be used by its operators in the region.