Our Mission

To make our roads safer by researching the connection between humans and vehicles, using both simulators and on-road vehicles.

News

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Photo Gallery: ADS for Rural America

Learn more about our ADS for Rural America project and our newly-equipped Ford Transit shuttle bus, set to be on Iowa roads later this summer.

O’Neal receives NICHD award to further study teen driving safety

Congratulations to Dr. Elizabeth O'Neal, a postdoctoral research scholar at the National Advanced Driving Simulator and the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, for receiving a K99/R00 Award from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.
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AutonomouStuff case study: Automated Driving Systems for Rural America

Our tech partners AutonomouStuff in Morton, Illinois, have been busy with the final software integration and testing of our new automated vehicle, set to hit Iowa rural roads this summer.
KCRG TV9 News with John Gaspar at NADS

Iowa State Patrol focus on bad driving habits with enforcement project, say distracted driving plays a role

KCRG TV9 News reports on the rise in distracted driving, what law enforcement has seen, and the research being done on distracted driving at the University of Iowa National Advanced Driving Simulator.
KWWL: distracted driving

Expert says driver distraction is becoming more dangerous in Iowa

NADS Director Dan McGehee talks with KWWL on the dangers of distracted driving, especially on Iowa's unforgiving roads.
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NADS researchers work to understand driver distraction and make roads safer

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. 3,142 people were killed from distracted driving in 2019 – a 10% increase from 2018. NADS researchers work to reverse that trend.

Events

2021 Driving Assessment Conference

Registration is now open for the 11th International Driving Symposium on Human Factors in Driver Assessment, Training, and Vehicle Design. It will be held virtually July 21–23, 2021. See the program and register here.

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