Telematics, Safety Defects, and Connected Vehicles
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety undertook an effort to investigate the possibilities of integrating data from forthcoming connected vehicle systems into defect analysis for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Atkins was selected by the AAA Foundation to study NHTSA’s defect investigation process and challenges. Upon detailed investigation of available telematics data, understanding of NHTSA defect analysis and processes, and finally availability of data from the forthcoming connected vehicle mandate, our analysis concluded that it does not seem feasible that in the existing technical environment that connected vehicle data could efficiently be used to help improve and analyze defects in the near term. However, this area is extremely promising and the technology is advancing rapidly.