AUTOMOTIVE INSIGHT: DOT Wants a 90 Percent Fatality Reduction

October 2nd, 2008 at 2:28pm

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The transportation department wants to drastically reduce traffic fatalities by adopting what they’re calling a BHAG.

Every year in the United States there are 6 million traffic accidents that kill over 41,000 people and that costs the country $230 billion. But the Department of Transportation is adopting a goal of slashing those fatalities by 90 percent by the year 2030.

Paul Brubaker, the head of R&D at the DOT, says that’s what they call a BHAG, a big hairy audacious goal. But he says technology is going to make that possible, by allowing cars to electronically communicate with each other.

With sensors and GPS, it’s possible to make it impossible for cars to crash into each other. It’s all part of what’s being called the connected car program. And it’s a technology that should start showing up sometime after 2013.

2 Comments to “AUTOMOTIVE INSIGHT: DOT Wants a 90 Percent Fatality Reduction”

  1. John Says:

    So, we have four years to still buy a car without Paul Brebakers’ “big hairy brother” control systems in it.

    Mark your calendar.

    Can’t wait.

  2. Zieke Says:

    A 90% fatality reduction? They must be kidding! With more cars on the road all the time you would think they would be happy not to have the rate go up.