Scott Tidwell, Electronics Technician

Center for Truck and Bus Safety: Safety and Human Factors

Scott Tidwell is a field researcher in the Center for Truck & Bus Safety at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI). He has been with VTTI for 17 years and has served on a variety of traffic safety and human factors-related projects, working with both heavy and light vehicles. His focus has been in the areas of vehicle-to-vehicle communications, vehicle automation, crash warning systems, commercial driver training, vehicle simulation, and human performance evaluation. His relevant research experience includes test track, naturalistic driving, and simulator studies. He has extensive knowledge of VTTI's truck simulator and proprietary vehicle instrumentation including VTTI's original Data Acquisition System (DAS), and the newer DASs: NextGen and MiniDAS. Currently, Mr. Tidwell is managing the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration-sponsored $1.9 million project Evaluation of Heavy Vehicle Crash Warning Interfaces, conducting field research tasks for two Federal Transit Administration Safety Research and Development projects related to transit buses, and performing outreach talks and hands-on demonstrations with high school driver's education students relating to sharing the road with heavy trucks and buses. He also maintains a current Class A Commercial Driver's License with tanker, doubles/triples, and passenger endorsements.