Emerging Technologies

Public Understanding and Perception of Automated Vehicles, United States, 2018 – 2020

This research brief continues examining public trust in, adoption of, and concerns about different levels of automated vehicles by looking into the dynamics of these measures over time.

April 2022 // Research Brief

Autonomous Vehicles

Emerging Technologies

An Examination of How Longer-Term Exposure and User Experiences Affect Drivers’ Mental Models of ADAS Technology

This project assesses the understanding or mental models of naïve users of adaptive cruise control (ACC) and evaluate how their mental models change with exposure to the systems over the first six months of ownership.

March 2022 // Technical Report // Fact Sheet

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Driver Behavior & Performance

Effectiveness of Distracted Driving Countermeasures: An Expanded and Updated Review of the Scientific and Gray Literatures

This review of literature augments the findings of our prior review with the most recent publications concerning safety-based outcome measures, the current state of knowledge regarding non-safety-based outcome measures, and a review of commercially available relevant apps.

March 2022 // Research Brief

Emerging Technologies

2021 Virtual Forum on the Impact of Vehicle Technologies and Automation on Users: A Summary Report

This report summarizes presentations, discussion, and outcomes from a virtual stakeholder forum on the impact of 21st-century automotive technologies on users.

March 2022 // Technical Report

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Driver Behavior & Performance

Self-Reported Risky Driving in Relation to Changes in Amount of Driving During the COVID-19 Pandemic

This study examines the prevalence of self-reported risky driving behaviors of drivers who increased their driving during the first several months of the COVID-19 pandemic compared with those who reduced or did not change how much they drove.

February 2022 // Research Brief

Roadway Systems & Drivers

Improving Roadside Responder Crash Data: Outcomes from an Expert Roundtable Discussion

This brief highlights a roundtable discussion that sought to identify ways to improve data about the safety of incident response and emergency services personnel working on the side of the road. Recommendations are made based on information provided by the panel of experts.

December 2021 // Research Brief

Vulnerable Road Users

Advanced Driver Assistance Systems and Older Drivers: Changes in Prevalence, Use, and Perceptions Over 3 Years of the AAA LongROAD Study

This study examines changes in the prevalence of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) among a large sample of older drivers, as well changes in how these drivers perceived and learned to use ADAS.

December 2021 // Research Brief

Driver Behavior & Performance

2020 Traffic Safety Culture Index

The 2020 iteration of the annual Traffic Safety Culture Index survey provides insights on public engagement in unsafe driving behaviors and related attitudes and perceptions in the U.S. during the COVID-19 pandemic relative to previous years.

October 2021 // Technical Report // Fact Sheet

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Vulnerable Road Users

Objective Driving Data in the LongROAD Study: An Overview of Changes to Data Collection Procedures from a Datalogger to a Travel App

This research brief describes changes to the procedures for collection of objective driving data in the Longitudinal Research on Aging Drivers (LongROAD) Study.

September 2021 // Research Brief

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Driver Behavior & Performance

Travel in the United States Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic

This research brief aims to quantify month-to-month changes in average daily travel from July 2019 through December 2020 using data from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety’s New American Driving Survey.

July 2021 // Research Brief