Sean O’Malley and David Aylor represent the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in Arlington, Virginia. Established in 1959, the IIHS is a non-profit organization that works to reduce motor vehicle deaths, crashes, injuries and property damage.
O’Malley, the senior test coordinator, and Aylor, the manager of active testing, work with colleagues to conduct research and produce ratings for mainstream passenger vehicles. The organization also researches and produces ratings for consumer products such as child car booster seats.
Additionally, the IIHS researches road design and traffic regulations.
In this episode of The Weekly Driver Podcast, co-hosts Bruce Aldrich and James Raia discuss the changing world of cars and trucks and how the organization views advancing technology.
O’Malley and Aylor detail how the organization rates vehicles, its relationship with automobile manufacturers and the future of autonomous driving.
“Basically, our goal is to reduce the losses on our highways, from deaths to injuries and property damage,” O’Malley. “Through our research and crash testing our goal is to give consumers useful information on different technologies and road design.
“But I think most people recognize us form the ratings and out crash test dummies.”
For more information, visit: www.iihs.org
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