29 Sep '15, 9pm

U.S. and European Cars Show Safety Differences in Crashes

U.S. and European Cars Show Safety Differences in Crashes

A trade agreement between the U.S. and Europe hinges in part upon finding common ground regarding safety standards testing for vehicles. Such common ground could prove easier to reach if vehicle safety standards prove to be roughly the same on either side of the Atlantic. This past summer, a report that analyzed both U.S. and European car safety databases found differences in crash and injury risks for vehicles meeting U.S. and European standards. The recent study , sponsored by the U.S. Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers , found that occupants of vehicles meeting European Union safety standards have a lower risk of serious injury in frontal or side crashes compared with vehicles meeting U.S. standards. But cars meeting U.S. standards provided drivers and passengers with a lower risk of injury in rollovers. Such data could prove useful to negotiators hashing out the diff...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/cars-that-think/transportation/s...

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