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Toward Safer Roads and Rails: Pathway to the Next Level of Transportation Safety

By Tony Colavito

Today’s digital revolution offers the surface transportation industry an unprecedented opportunity to take safety to a whole new level.

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While automated safety features and connected vehicles hold great promise, they also introduce challenges. For instance, traditional safety approaches—such as those that look at a linear progression of events to determine the cause of a safety incident—may be difficult to apply effectively in an interconnected world.

Changes in the transportation environment are facilitating new approaches to safety, where hazards are identified and mitigated before they manifest into accidents.

MITRE has identified four areas of opportunities that provide a roadmap to the next level of safety across the transportation spectrum.

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