Backseat Driver The Role of Data in Great Car Safety Debates
Buying the safest car for your family shouldn’t be up for debate.
Yet for decades, car safety advocates, manufacturers, and lawmakers in the United States have clashed over whether to make automobiles safer. All sides armed themselves with data in the hopes of winning the great car safety debates. In this way, crash statistics and the analysts who studied them made history. But data were always in the backseat, merely supporting different points of view. That is, until now.
With car safety, it’s the value we place on every human life that counts.
Automobile safety expert Dr. Norma Faris Hubele delivers a lively discussion of the role data play in protecting you and your family on the road. You’ll gain a greater appreciation for how:
- A World War I pilot’s near-death experience birthed the U.S. car safety movement
- Data from real car crashes helped create the first vehicle safety standards
- A shift toward fuel-efficient cars affected fatality risk in the 1970s–1980s versus now
- Vehicle size has changed, and the problems that creates for you and others sharing the road
- Car safety rating systems, even when limited, empower consumers and motivate manufacturers
- Federal regulators decide whether to issue a safety recall on your vehicle
- Data’s role is evolving with the advent of driver-assist and self-driving technologies
Further information can be found on the book's website: www.TheAutoProfessor.com/book [US only].
Glossary of Selected Terms
Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. A Strange Start for a Movement
Chapter 3. Crash Data Make a Difference
Chapter 4. Measuring Progress with Data
Chapter 5. The Roof Crush Resistance Debate
Chapter 6. The Incompatibility Debate
Chapter 7. The Fuel Efficiency Debate
Chapter 8. The Safety Ratings Debate
Chapter 9. Two Recall Debates
Chapter 10. The Automated Driver-Assistance Systems Debate
Chapter 11. The Self-Driving Car Debate