The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration proposed updates to its New Car Assessment Program to include pedestrian crashworthiness tests.
Aimed at decreasing pedestrian fatalities, the updates would add tests to measure pedestrian protection in a vehicle collision and the ability of advanced driver-assistance systems to prevent such a collision, according to NHTSA's request for public comment issued Monday.
Pedestrian deaths have been on the rise in the U.S. in recent years, a trend blamed on worsening driving behaviors since the pandemic. Drivers struck and killed 3,434 people in the first six months of 2022, the most recent data available. That amounted to an average of 19 fatalities per day. The total represented an increase of 168 deaths from the same period a year earlier, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association.