Our Mission

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

News

Iowa Magazine video: ADS for Rural America

Video: Automated Driving Systems for Rural America

How do people in rural areas who can’t drive get where they need to go? Decades down the road, “AVs could allow these people to continue to live independently,” says Omar Ahmad.
Ford Transit shuttle bus at AutonomouStuff

Cloning an automated shuttle in COVID-19

Connected simulation

Connected simulation captures realistic human interaction

NADS recently wrapped up a multi-year project connecting multiple people interacting in the same virtual environment.
Cameras mounted on the exterior of the driver and passenger side doors capture lane position.

Medical research meets driving research

Does exercise change driving performance in patients with Parkinson’s disease? 
Tesla and Ford Transit, UI automated vehicles

Creating an Automated Shuttle for America’s Backroads

An automated shuttle bus is about to hit Iowa roads next summer. Here's a brief update on our ADS for Rural America project by ADAPT, including how our vehicle is becoming automated at AutonomouStuff, LLC to how COVID-19 has impacted the project.
Visiting scientist Felix Ellensohn

International scholars partner on research projects

Visiting scientists from around the world come to NADS to work on research projects for sometimes months at a time and collaborate with our experts. One such example was in fall 2019, with Felix Ellensohn from the Technical University of Munich, Germany.
Automated shuttle bus on rural Iowa road

ADS for Rural America

Learn more about our Automated Driving Systems (ADS) for Rural America project, which will be coming through Iowa City, Hills, Riverside, and Kalona, Iowa, starting late summer 2021.