Along with U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, Rosekind has been a strong advocate for exploring the potential of automated-driving technology to reduce highway fatalities, which are trending upward again after a long period of declines. The Transportation Department's guidelines on the testing and sale of autonomous vehicles, issued last month, strongly reflect his influence.
A former member of the National Transportation Safety Board, Rose-kind has sought to align the auto industry's safety culture more closely with that of the commercial aviation industry, where regular information-sharing and zealous adherence to protocol make fatal accidents rare.
Rosekind is regarded as a leading researcher on the impact of fatigue on transportation safety. In the 1990s, he directed the Fatigue Countermeasures Program at NASA's Ames Research Center.