USA Safety Standard Testing

Creating a Smooth Transition from West Coast to East Coast for an Automotive Startup

When a West Coast car company decided to engineer an electric vehicle for the North American market it was essential that the vehicle be designed and tested to meet US safety standards.  

The Challenge

Pilot needed to design, engineer and test a new electric vehicle to meet USA safety standards critical to the launch of the startup automotive company on the West Coast and it's investment group.


We created full compliance and certification to FMVSS standards enabling the automotive startup to be one of the first US electric vehicles launched by a West Coast startup automotive company.

Pilot assembled and managed a team of engineers that included world recognized experts in safety and crash.  The assembled team included Pilot associates and suppliers on multiple contents working in concert. The team included Crash and Simulation Experts,  CAE and CAD designers, test facilities throughout the United States and Safety Compliance engineers who were experts in safety regulations, testing and communicating effectively with the National Highway Institute Association (NHTSA), and the Insurance Institute of Highway and Safety (IIHS). Pilot lead the program management for this effort managing the resources across multiple contents. Pilot was the hub for all Detroit based work. Our responsibilities included regulatory guidance, technology strategy, crash simulation, passive and active safety engineering, FMVSS testing for US and Canada, Vehicle Durability Testing, Manufacturing and Delivery of structural vehicle components.

Areas of expertise: consulting services, program management, regulatory guidance, testing