Researchers funded for new roadway safety projects
Ten new projects aimed at advancing roadway safety have received funding from the Roadway Safety Institute (RSI) for the next 12 months. Topics range from developing a course on automated vehicle technologies to improving EMS response on American Indian reservations.
In a request for proposals issued in October 2017, the Institute solicited projects that would move current RSI research toward implementation or position its researchers and the Institute for future funding. The Institute also considered funding for educational initiatives such as the development of curriculum, training materials, or instructional labs.
Projects were required to fall under the Institute's research focus areas of rail-crossing safety, safety on tribal lands, bicycle and pedestrian safety, connected vehicles, or safety policy.
An external review panel of five experts from across the country reviewed and provided input, considering the proposed projects' uniqueness, innovativeness of approach, potential for deployment within five years, potential for partnerships with government agencies or industry, and likely impact in terms of lives saved or contributions to knowledge, among other criteria.
The selected projects, along with their principal investigators and affiliated universities, are:
- The Screening Effectiveness of the Commercial Driver Medical Examination: Stephen Burks, University of Minnesota Morris
- Development of a Course on Automated Vehicle Technologies: Brian Davis, University of Minnesota Twin Cities (UMN)
- Vehicle Automation and Transportability of Crash Modification Factors: Gary Davis, UMN
- Developing GPS Antenna Error Models for Improved Centimeter Level Positioning, Rhonda Franklin, UMN
- Improving Intersection Safety Through Variable Speed Limits for Connected Vehicles: Michael Levin, UMN
- Test and Evaluate a Bluetooth Based In-Vehicle Message System to Alert Motorists in Work Zones: Chen-Fu Liao, UMN
- Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety, Equity, and Street Funding: New Criteria for Prioritizing Multimodal Street Projects in Minneapolis: Greg Lindsey, UMN
- Field Implementation of Direction Rumble Strips for Deterring Wrong-Way Entries: Albert Luo, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
- HumanFIRST Driving Simulation Educational Development: Nichole Morris, UMN
- Improving Emergency Medical Service Response to Motor Vehicle Crashes in American Indian Reservations: Kathy Quick, UMN