Crash Avoidance

Electronic Systems Safety Research

Automated Vehicles

Automated vehicles are those in which at least some aspects of a safety-critical control function (e.g., steering, acceleration, or braking) occur without direct driver input. NHTSA conducts research in human factors, system performance requirements, electronic control system safety, benefits assessment, objective testing and validation areas.

Public Meetings - April 8, 2016; April 27, 2016
NHTSA's Automated Vehicle Operational Guidance Public Meetings

More information on this meeting can be found in the Federal Register Notice.

Electronics Reliability


Electronics reliability research comprises methods and standards within and outside the automotive industry for assessing, identifying and mitigating potential and new hazards that may arise from the increasing use of electronics and electronic control systems in the design of modern automobiles.

Automotive Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity, within the context of road vehicles, is the protection of automotive electronic systems, communication networks, control algorithms, software, users, and underlying data from malicious attacks, damage, unauthorized access, or manipulation.