Emerging Technologies

Driver’s Mental Models of Advanced Vehicle Technologies: A Proposed Framework for Identifying and Predicting Operator Errors

This project proposes a framework for identifying and predicting operator errors when using advanced vehicle technology, such as active driving assistance systems. This research also examined the reporting of system limitations by automobile manufacturers.

February 2021 // Technical Report // Fact Sheet

Roadway Systems & Drivers

Impact of Speeds on Drivers and Vehicles – Results from Crash Tests

This study examines how vehicle crashworthiness and occupant protection degrade as impact speeds increase. The results and implications in this report provide valuable information for those who advocate for safety considerations when setting maximum posted speed limits.

January 2021 // Technical Report // Fact Sheet

Vulnerable Road Users

Identifying Policy Approaches to Extending the Safe Mobility of Older Adults

The objective of this project was to examine effective policies and practices in driver licensing of older and medically at-risk drivers and offer practical guidance to driver licensing officials and policymakers.

January 2021 // Technical Report // Fact Sheet

Vulnerable Road Users

Examining the Increase in Pedestrian Fatalities in the United States, 2009–2018

This research examines the increase in pedestrian fatalities from 2009 to 2018 through analysis of changes in the presence of certain pedestrian, driver, vehicle, and environmental factors.

January 2021 // Research Brief

Vulnerable Road Users

Effects of Hearing Impairment on Driving Exposure and Patterns Among a Large Cohort of Older Drivers: AAA LongROAD Study

This brief examines the effects of hearing impairment, alone and in combination with cognitive and/or visual impairment, on the driving exposure and patterns of older drivers.

December 2020 // Research Brief

Vulnerable Road Users

Older Drivers and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems

This research brief describes the efforts to address questions on driver perception of and learning methods for advanced driver assistance systems using data from AAA Longitudinal Research on Aging Drivers (AAA LongROAD) studies.

December 2020 // Research Brief

Vulnerable Road Users

A Simulator-Based Evaluation of Two Hazard Anticipation Training Programs for Novice Drivers

Young novice drivers have higher crash rates than drivers of any other age. This research examines the effects of two computer-based training programs that seek to improve inexperienced drivers’ ability to detect and respond to hazards on the road.

December 2020 // Technical Report // Fact Sheet

Emerging Technologies

Driver’s Arousal and Workload under Partial Vehicle Automation

This research examines driver workload and arousal when driving different vehicles equipped with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). In an on-road study, drivers from two age groups drove on different road types under manual or automated conditions.

September 2020 // Technical Report // Fact Sheet

Emerging Technologies

Impact of Information on Consumer Understanding of a Partially Automated Driving System

Subtle differences in consumer information can exert powerful influence on consumer expectations and understanding of active driving assistance systems. This study highlights the importance of ensuring that materials are not only technically accurate but also balanced.

September 2020 // Technical Report // Fact Sheet

Driver Behavior & Performance

2019 Traffic Safety Culture Index

The Traffic Safety Culture Index (TSCI) is a nationally representative survey that has been conducted annually since 2008 to identify American drivers’ perceptions, attitudes, and behaviors related to traffic safety issues.

June 2020 // Technical Report // Fact Sheet