Our Mission

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

News

Iowa Engineer: Celebrating 20 years of driver safety research

University of Iowa College of Engineering magazine

Looking Beyond Bioptic Telescopes

For the past 40 years, bioptic telescopes have been the most frequently used option to allow drivers with visual impairments to maintain driving independence. However, bioptic telescopes require a switching of visual attention, potentially leading to driver distraction and emphasizing the need for additional research on modern alternatives.

9 signs you could be a distracted driver

Art, science collide in dance

University of Iowa Dance Department, in collaboration with the National Advanced Driving Simulator, presents There Are No Accidents: Crash Dance, which explores the art and science to human error in a technology-programmed world.

Iowa Senate approves autonomous vehicle regulations

The Iowa Senate has approved legislation that would govern how autonomous vehicles operate in the state.

Tractor simulator studies farm safety

Farming is the most dangerous domestic job in the United States, nearly a hundred agricultural workers are injured every day. In particular, operating large, heavy machines can hurt or kill farmers but researchers at the University of Iowa are trying to learn more to save lives.

Steering Iowa toward automated vehicles

Talking to teens can lead to safer driving

A study from the University of Iowa National Advanced Driving Simulator finds that the use of video monitoring technology combined with parents talking to their teens about safe driving motivates young drivers to be safer.

Knowing your car's assisted driving limits

A report released by AAA with information given from researchers by a team at the University of Iowa's National Advanced Driving Simulator (NADS) shows advanced driver assistance systems have the ability to prevent 2.7 million crashes if installed on all vehicles, but researchers are finding those numbers can only be achieved if drivers are well-educated on their systems.

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Past findings in NADS cannabis research from 2015

Read archived news articles of some of our past research findings in cannabis-impaired driving.
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Events

2021 Driving Assessment Conference

The 11th International Driving Symposium on Human Factors in Driver Assessment, Training, and Vehicle Design, will be held virtually July 21–23, 2021. Stay tuned for more details!