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 (above) said.
Given the amount of recalls we're seeing these days, as well as the fact that cars are getting increasingly connected, it makes sense for the DOT to push for even more safety transparency with car makers. At this point, though, the pact is basically just a bunch of rhetoric that we hope car companies will follow. It'll be interesting to see if any of them actually adhere to the new safety principles over the next few years, as well as if the DOT chooses to enforce them.
The news comes just a day after the DOT and Obama administration announced that they'll have a "national blueprint" for self-driving cars by July. They're also kicking off a $4 billion self-driving car program that will support development of the technology for the next decade.
[Photo credit: AP Photo/Paul Sancya]