ADAS Research Study
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 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
Volunteers will be compensated for their time. 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.
This research has been reviewed and approved by the Virginia Tech Institutional Review Board (ADAS TEXAS: IRB #20-331) & (ADAS WASH: IRB #20-205).
To learn more, you may reach the VTTI Volunteer Coordination Team at 540-231-1583 or follow the “How To Sign Up” link:
Thank you for your interest in the ADAS Study. We are always searching for ways to improve and greatly value your feedback. It would benefit future research endeavors if you would answer a few short questions for us. Your answers will be recorded anonymously. Thank you in advance for your time to complete this short six question survey.
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Enrollment at this location is now open. Call 540-231-1583 or sign up to hear about future research opportunities in your area.
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 up to 24 months, depending on location. The system has GPS and other sensors that will record your speed and acceleration. It will also have cameras that record the forward roadway, the driver’s face, and the vehicle instrument panel. 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 participant number, such as #10, ensuring that your personal information will never be associated with the recorded data.
What should I know about being in a research study?
- Someone will explain this research study to you.
- Participation is voluntary.
- The video, other data, and additional information that could be used to identify you will be held under a high level of security.
- Your data will not be linked to your name or identity.
- 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.
- 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.
What will I need to do if I choose to participate?
- Talk with a member of the research team via the Zoom video chat app. The researcher will help you enroll in the study.
- Complete a short survey about your experience with your vehicle’s advanced features.
- 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 in any way.
- Drive as you normally would up to 24 months (depending on location).
- Every month, replace the USB drive as instructed and mail it to VTTI in Blacksburg using the supplied self-addressed, stamped envelope.
- Complete a short exit survey about your experience in the study.
- At the end of your participation, meet with a technician in your area so that the equipment can be removed from your vehicle.
Is there any way being in this study could be bad for me?
Will vehicle occupants have their conversations recorded?
Does the equipment track where I am?