ADAS Research Study

Project Background

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute is looking for drivers to participate in the ADAS Study. This research team is studying how people drive vehicles equipped with newer vehicle technology, such as advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). VTTI has conducted numerous similar studies all over the country for over fifteen years.

If you drive a vehicle that was manufactured in 2018 or later and has the following features, you may be eligible to participate:

  • Lane Keeping Assistance - automatically keeps the vehicle in the lane
  • Adaptive Cruise Control - maintains set speed, but also automatically slows with traffic

All data will be kept strictly confidential and participant privacy is both locally and federally protected by a Certificate of Confidentiality issued by the National Institute of Health.

Volunteers will be compensated for their time. Enrollment options range from 3 to 14 months depending on study location (with compensation ranging from $300 up to $850). This research has been reviewed and approved by the Virginia Tech Institutional Review Board (ADAS WASH: IRB #20-205), (ADAS TEXAS: IRB #20-331), (ADAS NRV/NOVA #19-445).

To learn more, you may reach the VTTI Volunteer Coordination Team at 540-231-1583 or follow the “How To Sign Up” link:

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Locations

Select your location to view compensation.

Enrollment at this location is now open. Call 540-231-1583 or sign up to hear about future research opportunities in your area.

After you complete these study tasks: You will receive:
Total (for 6 months) Total (for 18 months)
  • Participate in consent interview
  • Provide consent
  • Provide image of yourself
  • Complete intake survey
  • Allow technician to install equipment in vehicle
$100 $100
  • Drive as you normally would
  • Send USB thumb drive back to VTTI every month using provided self-addressed, stamped envelopes
$300 $900
  • Complete exit survey
  • Allow technician to remove equipment from vehicle
$50 $50
Maximum Total Possible $450 $1,050
After you complete these study tasks: You will receive:
Total (for 3 months) Total (for 14 months)
  • Participate in consent interview
  • Provide consent
  • Provide image of yourself
  • Complete intake survey
  • Allow technician to install equipment in vehicle
$100 $100
  • Drive as you normally would
  • Send USB thumb drive back to VTTI every month using provided self-addressed, stamped envelopes
$150 $50 per month
  • Complete exit survey
  • Allow technician to remove equipment from vehicle
$50 $50
Maximum Total Possible $300 $850

 

**To be part of the Pioneer Study in Washington, you must also apply to the ADAS Washington study. Find out more information here.
The New River Valley portion of this study is currently full. If you are interested in participating in future studies in the area, you can find more information here.
 

 

What to Expect

Drive your vehicle as you normally would. If you are eligible and choose to participate, a data collection system will be temporarily installed in your vehicle for 3 to 14 months, depending on location. The system has GPS and other sensors that will record driving data, such as speed and acceleration. It will also have cameras that record the forward roadway, the driver’s face, and the dashboard. The recording system is very unobtrusive - it will not affect your vehicle’s performance. In addition, we will mount a sensor on the front of your vehicle near your front license plate.

Throughout the study, the research team will ensure your privacy is both locally and federally protected; your privacy is protected by a Certificate of Confidentiality obtained for this project. Your data will not be viewable in real time. None of the equipment will automatically alert the researchers of any findings while you are driving. The data collected by the equipment installed in the vehicle are secure – all data will be encrypted and can only be decrypted by authorized technicians at a later time. Your data will be assigned a random participant number, such as #10, ensuring that your personal information will never be associated with the recorded data.

Sensor Installation next to front license plate

Face Camera View

Forward Camera View

Instrument Panel Camera View

FAQs

  • Someone on our research team can explain the details of this research study to you further over the phone. Please give us a call at 540-231-1583. You are welcome to ask all the questions you want before you decide and we will keep any information you give us as strictly confidential. We will not sell your information or use it for any advertising purposes.
  • Participation is voluntary, and you are always free to change your mind and exit the study at any point without penalty.
  • Your data will not be linked to your name or identity.
  • The video, other data, and any additional information that could be used to identify you will be held under a high level of security and only accessed by authorized research personnel.
  • If you decide to take part, you are always free to change your mind and exit the study at any point without penalty.
  • You are welcome to ask all the questions you want before you decide.
  • If you decide to take part, your privacy is both locally and federally protected with a Certificate of Confidentiality issued by the National Institute of Health. This allows the research team and others who have access to your data to refuse to disclose identifying information related to you in any civil, criminal, administrative, legislative, or other proceeding. With this Certificate, neither the researchers nor study sponsors can be forced to disclose information that may identify you, even by a court subpoena, in any federal, state, or local civil, criminal, administrative, legislative, or other proceedings.
  • Any information that could be used to personally identify you will be stored separately from your driving data. Your data will be held in strict confidence. Each participant will be assigned a random ID number, such as #10. Privacy provisions prevent your identity from being linked to your data.
  • More details on this will be provided should you move forward in the screening process and prior to scheduling any appointments.
  1. Contact the VTTI Recruitment Group at 540-231-1583 to see if you meet all the eligibility requirements or use the “sign up” button to complete a short survey where you can leave your name, number, and a way to contact you.
  2. If eligible, talk with a member of the research team via videoconference to help you enroll in the study (~1 hour of consent review and paperwork).
  3. Complete a short survey about your experience with your vehicle’s advanced features.
  4. Allow a technician to install equipment with cameras and sensors in your vehicle. We will provide additional details about the equipment and the installation process, prior to any appointment. The equipment will not alter your vehicle or its performance.
  5. Drive as you normally would for 3 to 14 months (depending on location).
  6. Every month, replace the USB drive as instructed and mail it to VTTI in Blacksburg using the supplied self-addressed, stamped envelope.
  7. Complete a short exit survey about your experience in the study.
  8. At the end of your participation, meet with a technician in your area so that the equipment can be removed from your vehicle.
The operation or drivability of the vehicle should not be affected by the instrumentation. The system is very unobtrusive. VTTI has successfully instrumented over 4,000 vehicles to date. More on this will be provided should you move forward in the screening process and prior to scheduling any appointments.
There is NO audio recording unless you press the 'incident' button. The open audio channel only last for 30 seconds after the button is pressed.
The trip information (e.g., GPS location) is recorded, but again, this data is not viewable in real time. Data will not be viewed by researchers until a later date. We are mainly interested in how people drive , not personal details of places they frequent.