The Division of Vehicle, Driver, & System Safety applies cutting-edge scientific methods to design, develop, refine, and evaluate solutions to complex transportation challenges; focusing on applications to improve the safety and effectiveness of transportation systems for the broad range of users. We support the development and evaluation of advanced technologies and operations using our laboratories, numerical models, test-tracks, field studies and analysis toolchains. The applied nature of our work is intended to support original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), automotive suppliers, policy makers, and infrastructure owner operators in designing and improving the effectiveness of systems by quantifying performance benefits, resilience, unintended consequences, and potential misuse while also characterizing user acceptance, reliance, comprehension, and understanding of advanced vehicle and infrastructure systems.
While quiet vehicles may seem to be desirable, their lack of noise can pose a danger to pedestrians.
Studies funded by the National Surface Transportation Safety Center for Excellence supported the research of common scenarios that result in child hot-car deaths and the evaluation of rear seat reminder technologies available on the market.