By Denna Bowman
The Obama administration has started publishing high-value data on a wide range of topics, including tyres, gathered from Cabinet-level government departments.
The measure is part of a commitment to transparency and open government and in the case of tyres, the aim is to assist consumers purchasing new vehicles or replacement tyres with the latest product information.
According to the data.gov website: “NHTSA has rated more than 4,200 lines of tyres, including most used on passenger cars, minivans, SUVs and light pickup trucks, using a grading system known as the Uniform Tyre Quality Grading System (UTQGS).
“UTQGS allows consumers to compare tyre tread wear, traction performance and temperature resistance.”
The US government is also releasing high-value datasets to meet the Open Government Directive on topics ranging from child car seats to Medicare services for the elderly.
The mountain of newly available information came a year and a day after US president Barack Obama promised on his first full day on the job an open, transparent government.
Under a White House directive, each department must post online at least three collections of “high-value” government data that never have been previously disclosed.
All the new data collections will be added to the government’s existing web site, data.gov.