S-E-A works closely with government entities to develop vehicle testing methods and is engaged with policy makers to be on the forefront of legislation that could potentially impact the transportation industry.
National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA)
As an agency of the Executive Branch of the U.S. government, NHTSA is charged with writing and enforcing Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. Since 2002, NHTSA has relied on S-E-A to provide all the rollover propensity tests for their New Car Assessment Program (NCAP). With thousands of tests performed, the S-E-A Vehicle Inertia Measurement Facility (VIMF) is the gold standard for testing the static stability factor of automobiles.
While regulations on the safety of automobiles are developed at the federal level, states regulate the behaviors associated with driving the vehicles. As the technology for autonomous vehicles continues to develop, the responsibility of the vehicle behavior begins to blur from driver to car. State and municipal governments have already begun addressing the potential impacts of these vehicles on the road. With knowledge of both state and local initiatives, S-E-A can provide testing of autonomous technology to help manufacturers stay on the forefront of evolving legislation.
Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC)
CPSC is an independent federal regulatory agency of the U.S. government seeking to protect the public against unreasonable risks of injury or death from consumer products. CPSC and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have partnered with S-E-A to test the vehicle characteristics and performance of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs). The purpose of these tests is to develop test methods, collect static and dynamic data, and to make recommendations to improve vehicle stability and safety. Although testing is ongoing, the results of the first several test procedures can be viewed on the CPSC website (SEA Report to CPSC "Vehicle Characteristics Measurements of All-Terrain Vehicles and SEA Report to CPSC "Effects on Vehicle Characteristics of Two Persons Riding ATVs).