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As engineers, we thrive to provide environment for safe mobility through proper geometric designs, regulations, guidance and warnings. However, safe movements are still heavily dependent on the individual behavior and reactions by the drivers/users (at least for now). Traditionally, understanding drivers’ behavior has been a difficult topic to research, but today we have increasing number of data and tools available to improve that understanding. One of the tools that has recently become available is the Naturalistic Driving Study (NDS) database that provides an opportunity to investigate the behavior of almost 3,500 instrumented vehicles and drivers in six different regions of the country. There are numerous opportunities for the data, but currently we are harnessing it toward development of driver behavior trends at highway-rail grade crossings, and eventually toward investigating the correlation of behavior in simulated vs. natural settings.
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Lautala, Pasi T., "Mobility and safety: Do drivers behave as engineers want them to behave?" (2017). TechTalks. 35.