The Future of Vehicle Safety

Wednesday, February 13, 2008 - 3:00pm

Presentation and Materials

About the Event

If you own a relatively new car, it is likely the most advanced piece of technology that you own. And while technology is transforming every aspect of our lives, the possibilities and challenges that it holds for vehicle safety are immense. Ronald Medford will discuss the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle safety research activities at the CTS Winter Luncheon on February 13 in Minneapolis.

Medford’s presentation will focus on how future technologies will monitor driver behavior—our own as well as those in vehicles around us— to avoid crashes. He will also discuss a new activity to develop in-vehicle technologies to combat the persistent problem of impaired driving, and how the government and industry are working together on this important issue.


Ronald Medford — National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Medford is the senior associate administrator for vehicle safety at the National Ronald MedfordHighway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), U.S. Department of Transportation.  In this role, Medford is responsible for overseeing the NTHSA Rulemaking, Enforcement, and Applied Research Programs. Prior to joining NHTSA, Medford was the assistant executive director for hazard identification and reduction at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Medford spent over 25 years in a variety of technical management positions at the CPSC.

Medford holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Maryland.

The Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Institute, housed within CTS, is sponsoring the luncheon.