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 // Full Report PDF // Fact Sheet PDF

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 // Full Report PDF // Fact Sheet PDF

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 // Full Report PDF // Fact Sheet PDF

Emerging Technologies

The Impact of Driver’s Mental Models of Advanced Vehicle Technologies on Safety and Performance

This research examines how the quality of a driver’s understanding of advanced vehicle technology, also known as a mental model, impacts his or her performance and safety. Drivers with weak or strong mental models encountered safety-critical events in a driving simulator.

June 2020 // Full Report PDF // Fact Sheet PDF

Emerging Technologies

2019 Forum on the Impact of Vehicle Technologies and Automation on Users – Design and Safety Implications: A Summary Report

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

April 2020 // Full Report PDF

Driver Behavior & Performance

Evidence-Based Behavior Change Campaigns to Improve Traffic Safety Toolkit

The Evidence-Based Behavior Change Campaigns to Improve Traffic Safety Toolkit is a hands-on resource designed for traffic safety practitioners to develop behavior change campaigns that are both evidence-based and effective.

March 2020 // Research Brief PDF

Vulnerable Road Users

Older Driver Licensing Policies and Practices Database Update

This project documented current, relevant driver licensing practices and policies for all 50 states and the District of Columbia in order to update and expand the Driver Licensing Policies and Practices database.

March 2020 // Full Report PDF // Fact Sheet PDF

Vulnerable Road Users

Predictors of Rapid Deceleration Events among Older Drivers: AAA LongROAD Study

This brief examines the relationship between hard braking events (known as rapid deceleration events (RDEs)) and safety-related outcome measures such as near crashes and declining functional abilities.

February 2020 // Research Brief PDF

Vulnerable Road Users

Perceived Social Support Differences between Male and Female Older Adults who have Reduced Driving: AAA LongROAD Study

The research in this brief examines perceived social support among older drivers who have recently reduced their driving.

February 2020 // Research Brief PDF

Driver Behavior & Performance

Cannabis Use Among Drivers in Fatal Crashes in Washington State Before and After Legalization

This study examines marijuana involvement in fatal crashes in Washington State before and after recreational use of cannabis became legal in the state.

January 2020 // Research Brief PDF