Vehicle safety research includes studies of vehicle characteristics that protect older and vulnerable road users, as well as cutting-edge development of new technologies - like connected vehicles - that hold promise for promoting lifelong independent mobility.


New in-vehicle systems must be designed for users who receive no training in how to use them and whose cognitive and sensory abilities vary.

This paper is a result of research done on existing vehicle systems that are in place promote safe driving.

NHTSA’s Technical Report Documentation on the effectiveness of pretensioners and load limiters for enhancing fatality reduction by seat belts.

A new study has highlighted the key role technology could play in extending the age at which people can drive safely on our roads.

This paper questions if it’s time for vehicles to be designed to suit the needs of an older population.

NHTSA’s Technical Report on injury vulnerability and the effectiveness of occupant protection technologies for older occupants and women.

NHTSA’s Technical Report on the lives saved by vehicle safety technologies and associated federal motor vehicle safety standards from 1960 to 2012.

NHTSA’s Technical Report on the statistical analysis of the effectiveness of Electronic Stability Control (ESC) Systems.

Technical Information Services provides a space for public inquires and research pertaining to NHTSA’s vehicle safety, driver licensing, compliance,...

NHTSA’s Technical Report on the effectiveness of amber rear turn signals for reducing rear impacts.

NHTSA’s Technical Report on the long-term effect of ABS in passenger cars and LTVs.

The objective of this study was to assess whether alternating different tinted windshields would affect aging drivers’ visual acuity and glare...