Research

In-Vehicle Technology Use and Associated Factors Among Older Drivers

Vulnerable Road Users

In-Vehicle Technology Use and Associated Factors Among Older Drivers

This study examines the prevalence and frequency of use of in-vehicle technologies as well as the relationships between technology-use frequency and associated factors among a subset of AAA Longitudinal Research on Aging Drivers (AAA LongROAD) participants.

January 2023 // Research Brief

User Interactions with Vehicle Automation Technologies: A Review of Previous Research and a Proposed Framework

Emerging Technologies

User Interactions with Vehicle Automation Technologies: A Review of Previous Research and a Proposed Framework

This research brief reviews recent research and proposes a framework on user perceptions, understanding, and interactions with vehicle automation technology.

January 2023 // Research Brief

Protecting Roadside Workers: Field Evaluation of Flares, Cones, and Tow Truck Light Patterns

Roadway Systems & Drivers

Protecting Roadside Workers: Field Evaluation of Flares, Cones, and Tow Truck Light Patterns

This report documents a study with three aims: evaluate the effectiveness of flares or cones in combination with two different tow truck lighting systems; survey workers regarding use of flares and cones; and document available and potential countermeasures.

January 2023 // Technical Report // Fact Sheet

Protecting Roadside Workers: Field Evaluation of a Vehicle-Mounted Variable Message Sign and Examination of Worker Perceptions and Use of Countermeasures

Roadway Systems & Drivers

Protecting Roadside Workers: Field Evaluation of a Vehicle-Mounted Variable Message Sign and Examination of Worker Perceptions and Use of Countermeasures

This project assesses the effectiveness of a vehicle-mounted variable message sign in promoting safer behaviors in passing motorists. The study also examined workers’ perceptions and adoption or use of different countermeasures.

January 2023 // Technical Report // Fact Sheet

Traffic Safety Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Fatal Crashes Relative to Pre-Pandemic Trends, United States, May–December 2020

Driver Behavior & Performance

Traffic Safety Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Fatal Crashes Relative to Pre-Pandemic Trends, United States, May–December 2020

The number of traffic fatalities increased significantly in the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic. This Research Brief identifies crash-, vehicle-, and driver-related factors that contributed most to the increase in traffic fatalities.

December 2022 // Research Brief

2021 Traffic Safety Culture Index

Driver Behavior & Performance

2021 Traffic Safety Culture Index

The 2021 iteration of the annual Traffic Safety Culture Index survey provides insights into the magnitude of discordance between drivers’ attitudes/perceptions and their engagement in unsafe driving behaviors.

December 2022 // Technical Report // Fact Sheet

Human-Machine Interfaces and Vehicle Automation: A Review of the Literature and Recommendations for System Design, Feedback, and Alerts

Emerging Technologies

Human-Machine Interfaces and Vehicle Automation: A Review of the Literature and Recommendations for System Design, Feedback, and Alerts

The purpose of this study was to review and synthesize existing research and guidance on HMI design for driving automation systems and to propose a set of recommendations that could inform future system development and implementation.

November 2022 // Technical Report // Fact Sheet

American Driving Survey, 2020–2021

Driver Behavior & Performance

American Driving Survey, 2020–2021

This Research Brief presents updated statistics on the amount of driving done by the American public in 2020 & 2021 based on data from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety’s annual American Driving Survey.

October 2022 // Research Brief

Emerging Technologies

Emerging Technologies

2022 Forum on the Impact of Vehicle Technologies and Automation on Users: A Summary Report

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

October 2022 // Technical Report

Countermeasures to Reduce Drowsy Driving: Results of a Literature Review and Discussions with Experts

Driver Behavior & Performance

Countermeasures to Reduce Drowsy Driving: Results of a Literature Review and Discussions with Experts

This report presents the results of a literature review and discussions with experts to summarize the current state of knowledge on the effectiveness of countermeasures intended to reduce drowsy driving and the associated motor vehicle crashes, injuries, and deaths.

September 2022 // Technical Report // Fact Sheet