US government will work with car makers on safety issues

The US Department of Transportation has joined together with 18 automakers to announce a new set of safety principles, which will hopefully help catch vehicle defects before they become serious enough to require recalls. In a blog post today, the agency points out it’s already formed a similar agreement with the aviation industry, which pushes airlines to share safety data. The agreement will also make it easier for car makers to contact consumers and get their vehicles repaired, the DOT says.
And, naturally, it will also help with potential cybersecurity vulnerabilities. “We will engage our best cybersecurity minds, share known vulnerabilities and countermeasures, and adopt best practices from within as well as outside of the auto industry,” DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx said.