Emerging Technologies

Users’ Trust in and Concerns about Automated Driving Systems

This brief examines people’s trust and potential adoption of automated vehicles (AVs). It also assesses how people’s concerns about different levels of AVs differ in relation to their degree of trust in AVs to prevent crashes.

April 2021 // Research Brief

Driver Behavior & Performance

Fatal Wrong-Way Crashes on Divided Highways

This brief explores fatal wrong-way crashes and factors associated with these incidents.

March 2021 // Research Brief

Driver Behavior & Performance

A Pilot Sentinel Surveillance System for Drug Use by Drivers in Crashes—Lessons Learned and Recommendations

This research brief describes the pilot testing, related lessons learned, and barriers encountered in the development and implementation of a sentinel surveillance system for drug use by drivers in crashes.

March 2021 // Research Brief // Guidebook

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