Transportation Safety: Challenges for Continuing Improvement
Chairman of National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)
15:00 – 16:30, Thursday, February 16, 2017 Room 148 at Science Building
The National Transportation Safety Board is the federal agency that investigates transportation accidents, determines the cause, and issues recommendations to prevent them from happening again. Transportation safety has generally been improving, except recently on our nation’s highways, and NTSB investigations have revealed several longstanding issues – namely, operator fatigue, distraction, and impairment — that must be addressed in order to continue improving safety. That will lead to the discussion of another issue – automation – that could theoretically help address the first three issues by reducing or eliminating the role of the human operator. However, several decades of automation development in various transportation modes, primarily aviation, as well as the recent introduction of automation onto our streets and highways, have demonstrated that automation introduces several of its own challenges. These challenges will be discussed, along with opportunities for learning from the successes and failures of prior automation experience to inform the process of automating cars, trucks, and buses.
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