University of Minnesota Driven to Discover

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

automated speed enforcement sign

An Institute study proposes to explore attitudes for and against the use of automated speed enforcement, particularly in work zones and near schools.


The new Roadway Safety Institute is working to reduce transportation fatalities and injuries—focusing particularly on high-risk road users and traffic safety system approaches.


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

About the Roadway Safety Institute

Advancing roadway safety with user-centered solutions

The Roadway Safety Institute was established in 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 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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