Safe-D: Safety through Disruption

Investigating and Developing Methods for Traditional Participant-based Data Collection with Remote Experimenters


The research team will investigate and develop methods and technologies that would allow experimenters to conduct and monitor data collection from a remote location. Although it is often required for researchers to supervise experiments, physically removing them from the vehicle can increase realism and offer naturalistic observations in traditional, experimenter-conducted studies. We expect this kind of remote experimentation to increase along with rises in automated vehicle testing when it might be desirable to remove traditional in-vehicle experimenters from the vehicle to create a more natural environment while still maintaining oversight and control of the experiment.

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Research Investigators (PI*)

Marty Miller (VTTI/VT)*
Luke Neurauter (VTTI/VT)
Jacob Walters (VTTI/VT)

Project Information

Start Date: 2020-11-01
End Date: 2022-04-30
Status: Active
Grant Number: 69A3551747115
Total Funding: $50,018
Source Organization: Safe-D National UTC
Project Number: 05-097

Safe-D Theme Areas

Automated Vehicles
Connected Vehicles

Safe-D Application Areas

Risk Assessment
Driver Factors and Interfaces
Vehicle Technology

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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

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Virginia Tech Transportation Institute
3500 Transportation Research Plaza
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061