Transportation Safety

How safe are aftermarket crash avoidance devices?

Crash avoidance systems are sensors, cameras, and processors installed in vehicles and they function by communicating with other vehicles. They are designed to detect dangerous conditions before the driver...

Examining techniques to improve seat belt usage

Forty-nine states have laws that require the use of seat belts, but in some states, these laws can be enforced only as a secondary measure. An example would be...

Assessing the performance of Atlanta's contracted highway management program

As a method for improving and maintaining our transportation infrastructure, while controlling costs, some federal, state, and regional agencies are adopting public-private partnerships for building and managing various roadways...

Making off-highway vehicles safer

Recreational off-road vehicles (ROVs) are characterized by a side-by-side seating arrangement for the driver and the passenger. Hundreds of people have been injured and in some cases killed when...

Quantifying the effects of drowsy driving

Drowsy driving is estimated to have caused more than 72,000 crashes, 800 deaths, and 44,000 injuries in 2013. Drowsy driving includes not just falling asleep at the wheel but...

Evaluating in-vehicle voice control interface performance

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) needs further empirical research to understand the potential for driver distraction that may be caused by using voice control systems in vehicles...

Does voice control add to distracted driving?

Increasingly, drivers are using voice control systems to tell the devices in their cars what to do, whether it’s dialing a phone number, getting directions, or even turning up...

Boosting child passenger safety

Putting children in a car seat or booster seat that’s appropriate for their age and size is the most effective way to protect young children involved in motor vehicle...

Accelerating teen driver expertise

Teen drivers have a higher rate of car crashes than any other age group. Car crashes are the leading cause of teen deaths. These high crash rates take many...

Transform mobility with Connected Vehicles

Imagine that your car could sense hazards with a 360-degree awareness of other vehicles. Imagine that your car could calculate risk and warn you about a crash, or even...

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