Safe-D: Safety through Disruption

Analysis of an Incentive-Based Smartphone App for Young Drivers


The proposed project timeline will allow analysis of data during several distinct phases of smartphone app use; these will include: 1) early adoption/use; 2) “school in session”; 3) summertime (i.e., school not in session); and 4) varying levels of incentives being in place (e.g., earning Teens in the Driver Seat (TDS) annual Cup Competition points for a team/school, TDS Cup points plus additional incentives (e.g., gift cards, drawings for larger prizes, etc.). Statistical analyses will be conducted to determine if variances within these (and other potential) conditions of app user understanding and/or incentives had significant impacts on the frequency of distracted driving. Cost share for some of the incentives is being provided by State Farm of Texas.

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EWD & T2 Products

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Russell H. Henk, Sirajum Munira & Stacey Tisdale. An Incentive-Based Teen Driver Smartphone App: Results of 2017 Pilot Project. Accepted for podium presentation (set for April 24, 2018) at the 2018 Lifesavers Conference – National Conference on Highway Safety Priorities, San Antonio, Texas. (Published)

Sirajum Munira, Russell H. Henk & Stacey Tisdale. An Incentive-Based Teen Driver Smartphone App: Results of 2017 Pilot Project. Presented January 9, 2018 at the 97th Annual Transportation Research Board Meeting, Washington, D.C. (Published).

Research Investigators (PI*)

Russell Henk (TTI/TAMU)*

Project Information

Start Date: 2017-03-01
End Date: 2019-09-30
Status: Active
Grant Number: 69A3551747115
Total Funding: $113,080
Source Organization: State Farm of Texas, Safe-D National UTC
Project Number: TTI-01-01

Safe-D Theme Areas

Transportation as a Service

Safe-D Application Areas

Driver Factors and Interfaces

More Information

UTC Project Information Form

Sponsor Organization

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology
University Transportation Centers Program
Department of Transportation
Washington, DC 20590 United States

Performing Organization

Texas A&M University
Texas A&M Transportation Institute
3135 TAMU
College Station, Texas 77843-3135