A new technical report published by the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) addresses the safety aspects of automated fleet vehicles.

Automated fleet vehicle safety affects anyone who drives a vehicle for work.

More than 90 percent of new cars sold in the United States have at least one advanced driver-assistance feature, such as adaptive cruise control, automatic parking and blind spot monitoring.

By 2022, at least 22 auto makers will have automatic emergency breaking in new passenger vehicles.

While these advanced features aim to improve safety, a study by the University of Iowa reported that 40 percent of drivers surveyed said at some point their vehicle behaved in a way they did not understand.

Drivers of company/fleet and personal cars need to know they are the biggest safety feature of the car. If you are driving a car that is not your own, don’t hesitate to ask questions or seek training to ensure that you remain comfortable and confident as a driver.

                WHO:    Stephanie Pratt, a member of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) and Director of the Center for Motor Vehicle Safety at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). She was on an ASSP technical committee that developed a report on the safe operation of automated vehicles.