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'Road Safety for All' Raises Stakes for Automakers

ADAS features designed to protect pedestrians take on importance in upcoming spin of NHTSA new-car safety rating system.
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By Junko Yoshida

What’s at stake?
Simply cramming a mess of new, automated features into cars is hardly an automotive safety panacea. A more likely remedy is the U.S. traffic-safety agency’s proposed updates on a New Car Assessment Program. At issue is road safety for everyone, both inside and outside the vehicles, including pedestrians and other vulnerable road users.

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