University of Minnesota Driven to Discover
This fall, tune in to our weekly Seminar Series for updates from leading roadway safety researchers. Seminars are broadcast live on Thursdays at 3 p.m. Central.

Director Max Donath, professor of mechanical engineering, shares his vision for the Institute, including distinctive research areas it's exploring.

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An Institute study is investigating when new flashing yellow arrow signals could be used to improve safety for left-turning vehicles.


The HumanFIRST lab's driving simulator can create virtual environments that reproduce any roadway location, time of day, and weather conditions.

Institute in the News

Can an app make teens better drivers?

National Conference of State Legislatures, September 5, 2014

Is V2V soon to be a reality?

KMSP TV, August 18, 2014

The Drive: An app designed to lead the blind safely

Star Tribune, June 29, 2014

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About the Roadway Safety Institute

Human-centered solutions to advance roadway safety

The Roadway Safety Institute was established in late 2013 to conduct research focused on user-centered transportation safety systems.

Driven by the goal of preventing crashes to reduce fatalities and life-changing injuries, the Institute conducts research on regional and national issues related to traffic safety systems and high-risk road users.

The Institute is built on the strong foundation of safety-related research, education, and outreach conducted at the University of Minnesota’s Intelligent Transportation Systems Institute and Center for Transportation Studies as well as at consortium members the University of Akron, the University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville, and Western Michigan University.

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The Roadway Safety Institute is the University Transportation Center for USDOT Region 5, which Includes Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

Consortium Members

University of Minnesota The University of Akron University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Western Michigan University

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