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Transportation Department aims to revamp crash testing

from Autoblog

The U.S. Department of Transportation aims to overhaul federal crash test standards to make drivers safer. The proposed changes to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's assessments would make the accident evaluations more rigorous and allow regulators to make quicker improvements to the system in the future. The newly proposed standards add even more evaluations to the current front, side and rollover resistance tests. Among them, the agency would begin an oblique front crash to smash a vehicle against an angled object. It would also rate the potential injuries to pedestrians in an accident and score whether customers can get modern safety tech like forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking. To help people better differentiate between the tests' results, the DOT could use half-star increments for its ratings, too. more

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