Traditional safety practices must be augmented by new approaches to ensure public safety in this rapidly changing environment. Our Next Level of Safety approach can shift the paradigm of transportation safety.
Transforming Road and Rail Safety: A Digital Pathway to the Next Level of Transportation Safety
Reactions to serious accidents—on both our rails and roadways—are swift, with investigations to determine their causes and calls for changes in policy, procedure, and technology to prevent similar incidents in the future. However, because of their narrow scope, post-accident investigations are limited in their ability to effect change. To advance overall safety in our transportation systems, a new paradigm is needed. MITRE, operator of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) federal R&D center and a partner to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) on numerous surface transportation initiatives, proposes a way forward with its “Next Level of Safety” approach.
With our world becoming more complex and dynamic, safety needs to evolve to proactively identify hazards before they manifest into accidents. Traditional safety practices, such as spot checking and ad-hoc coordination, must be augmented by new approaches to ensure public safety in this rapidly changing environment. We believe adoption of our Next Level of Safety approach can shift the paradigm of transportation safety.