Nearly 500 residents of Erie County N.Y. are being recruited for a Transportation Research Board (TRB) study on driving behavior. This is part of the world's largest study of driver behavior, in which vehicle-mounted equipment will observe how drivers interact with traffic conditions and roadway design. The data captured will be used for safety improvements in road design, cars, and driver training programs.
Over the course of the two-year study, vehicles of 3,100 drivers in six test sites across the U.S. will be fitted with a special Data Acquisition System (DAS), which will collect both driver and vehicle performance data. DAS technology includes forward radar, continuously recording video cameras, GPS, accelerometers, and other sensors. Environmental variables such as traffic, lighting, and weather conditions will also be collected.