On the road again with the Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP2)

The Challenge 

The National Academies asked Westat to climb behind the wheel with hundreds of drivers to support the second Strategic Highway Research Program’s (SHRP2) in-vehicle driving behavior study. With 3,000 driver participants in 6 sites over a 3-year data collection period, this study is the largest of its kind to date.

Our Solutions 

  • Westat managed a data collection site around Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina. We installed data collection equipment in more than 500 participants’ personal vehicles for up to 2 years. The equipment included multiple, continuously recording video cameras, forward radar, GPS, accelerometers, and other sensors.
  • Drivers also received a battery of physical and psychological tests to determine how various factors may be linked to crash risk.
  • Data were downloaded from the participants’ vehicles and transmitted to a central data repository.

The Results 

  • The data from this study will help develop and apply traffic safety countermeasures designed to save lives.

Our Client 

Transportation Research Board