How can we reduce traffic fatalities, make our roads and vehicles safer, and plan for future transportation needs? Westat’s examination of driver behaviors, emerging technological advances, and current and future traffic patterns enables clients to make transportation safer and more efficient.
Westat’s work makes travel safer and more efficient. We help find and address transportation challenges through studies of vehicle technology and safety, travel behavior, and traffic operations systems. We explore issues related to roadway users, vehicle automation, connectivity, travel patterns, and more. Our staff has expertise in human factors, survey operations, instrumentation engineering, technology assessment, and geospatial analysis.
Human Factors Research
Autonomous vehicles, crash warning systems, voice controls, touchscreen displays. Info overload or driving benefit? Westat works to identify the right balance between technologies and safety to help reduce vehicle crashes and fatalities. We use our expertise in human-centered, research-based data to provide insight into these ever-emerging technological advances so that vehicles will be safe for all.
Tens of thousands of lives are lost each year due to motor vehicle crashes. How can these numbers be reduced? What factors, like speeding, distracted driving, texting while driving, and others, affect these numbers? What are the core issues for child safety, teen driving, older drivers, motorcyclists, and others? How do we make cars and other vehicles safer? Westat’s research in restraint use, speeding, and other driver behaviors is helping to find ways to reduce motor vehicle crashes.
The travel choices we make—to drive, take public transport, bike, or walk—affect traffic congestion and health. Now, more than ever, people are changing their travel behavior due to changes in work life, environment, family choices, and more. As these changes are made, they ultimately can affect how efficient our infrastructure is. Westat collects data that explain current and future travel patterns and needs. We can deploy large-scale field studies, observational studies, and household travel surveys to help gauge where we are and where we’re going as we consider future planning.
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