NTSB Chair Jennifer Homendy Praises New IIHS Rating Program for Partial Automation Systems in Vehicles


​​​WASHINGTON (January 20, 2022) -- National Transportation Safety Board Chair Jennifer Homendy Thursday praised the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for developing a new rating program to evaluate partial automation systems safeguards.

The NTSB has investigated numerous crashes involving advanced driver assistance systems and has called on NHTSA to set standards, improve testing, and evaluate and rate these systems as part of the New Car Assessment Program’s five-star rating system.

“Today’s action by IIHS is a meaningful step that will help create not just more informed consumers, but safer roads for all users,” said Chair Jennifer Homendy. “Everyone purchasing a vehicle deserves access to information that will help keep them and their loved ones safe — and that includes data on partial automation.”

As a result of a 2018 crash in Mountain View, California, the NTSB recommended that NHTSA work with SAE International to develop performance standards for driver monitoring systems that will minimize driver disengagement, prevent automation complacency, and account for foreseeable misuse of the automation (NTSB Recommendation H-20-3). 

For additional information on NTSB investigations of vehicles with partial automation, visit the NTSB’s new webpage Automated Vehicles (ntsb.gov)​.

To report an incident/accident or if you are a public safety agency, please call 1-844-373-9922 or 202-314-6290 to speak to a Watch Officer at the NTSB Response Operations Center (ROC) in Washington, DC (24/7).