We Make Travel Safer

Despite the introduction of new safety technologies, more than 37,000 Americans died on our roads in 2016 and another 2.5 million were injured.

After years of declining rates, the number of injuries and deaths are increasing.

Traffic accidents cost the U.S. economy more than $80 billion per year in medical costs and lost work time.

Our research makes travel safer. Our Center for Transportation, Technology & Safety Research works to understand why these rates are increasing and how we can reverse the trend.

Seeing is believing. Our human factors simulation lab and instrumented vehicle let our researchers observe drivers in real time. We can

  • See how drivers interact with safety technologies like lane departure and blind spot warnings, voice controls, and automatic braking.
  • Measure driver distraction and recommend how to keep people focused on the road and not on display screens or smartphones.
  • Understand more about teen drivers to develop training that helps reduce the high crash rates among these new drivers.

Our research helps save lives.The data we gather helps car manufacturers improve vehicle safety features. It also helps law enforcement agencies and traffic safety organizations develop programs to reduce crash deaths, injuries, and costs.

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We look at all elements of our transportation system—from driver and passenger behavior in the lab and on the road to the assessment of new vehicle technologies. Our research toolbox is helping clients to find new ways to make travel safer and more efficient for all of us.

- Fran Bents, Vice President and Director of the Center for Transportation, Technology, and Safety Research 

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
The National Institutes of Health
AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety
The Johns Hopkins University
University of Maryland Baltimore Campus
University of Denver
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
U.S. Department of Transportation
U.S. Department of Justice
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
U.S. Department of Education
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Toyota
The Verizon Foundation
Texas Education Agency
Baltimore Metropolitan Council
Teach for America
Social Security Administration
SiriusXM
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
NYC Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity
National Science Foundation
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
Maryland Cancer Registry
Internal Revenue Service
Georgia Department of Transportation
DC Public Schools
ClearWay Minnesota
Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
University of Michigan
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