Safety Technologies to be Assessed

By: KatieJones

Highway safety has always been a concern for governments all over the world. Car manufacturers also join in the effort to reduce the number of fatalities or severe injuries in the event of a traffic accident. And they do this by developing new safety technologies.

More and more safety features are being integrated into vehicles of today. These safety features will be assessed by automotive experts at the forthcoming annual meeting of the Automotive Occupant Restraints Council in Tucson.

The meeting will be held on March 15 and will be attended by the panel of the council. Robert Lange, the Executive Director of the Vehicle Structure and Safety Integration for General Motors Corporation; Adrian Lund, the President of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS); Michael Stanton, the President and CEO of the Association of International Automobile Manufacturers; and Dr. Mark Rosenburg, the Executive Director of the Task Force for Child Survival and Development at Emory University will be present at the said meeting to facilitate the assessment of modern safety features and other solutions to prevent traffic safety all over the world.

Aside from the assessment of currently employed safety features, the meeting will also bear witness to the presentation of the Pathfinder Award. The said award is the highest honor bestowed by the council to deserving individuals who have contributed to traffic safety. This year's recipient of the award is Juichiro "Jim" Takada.

Takada is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Takata Corporation. Takada has already received distinctions all over the world for his support of and contribution to traffic safety. He has been recognized by the Japan Traffic Safety Association for his advocacy campaign of seat bet use in 1980. In 2005, he received the Cross of the Order of Merit from the Federal Republic of Germany. He has also under his belt the Special Award of Appreciation given by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for his contributions to global vehicle safety.

"We are very pleased to present the Pathfinder award to Jim Takada for his tremendous efforts in furthering vehicle occupant safety," says Wendell C. Lane Jr., the Chairman of the AORC Board of Directors and the Senior Vice President for Global Technology for Key Safety Systems Inc. "His professional history is as long as that of the AORC itself and his accomplishments in the industry is legendary," added Lane.

George F. Kirchoff, the President of the AORC, has this to say about the annual meeting: "Again, this year's annual meeting AORC members will focus on the worldwide revolution that is taking place in occupant protection including both active and passive systems. Technology continues to move from crash mitigation to crash avoidance and emergency intervention systems."

Indeed, traffic safety is no longer about energy absorption of parts such as in cases of side impact, but safety features are now integrated into vehicles to avoid accidents totally.

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