Our Mission

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


360 globe view of the NADS-1 bay

Take a 360 degree virtual tour of the National Advanced Driving Simulator

Check out our virtual tour of our facility, including the simulators and research vehicles.

The Rural Hurdle

What happens when an autonomous vehicle is not on a coastline highway, but a gravel road that it has to navigate? That is precisely what Omar Ahmad and his team at the University of Iowa are hoping to answer.
Director Dan McGehee in front of the NADS-1 simulator

NADS provides national leadership on COVID-19 research protocols

NADS Director Daniel McGehee made recommendations for human subjects testing in driving research for the COVID-19 era to the Transportation Research Board.
Cannabis and driving study example

University of Iowa researchers study effects of cannabis on driving

The National Advanced Driving Simulator at the University of Iowa is conducting a paid study to test cannabis users to determine levels of impairment of those who use cannabis.
Rural road automated driving

UI ramping up automated vehicle testing on local rural roads from $7M USDOT grant

Automated vehicle route to go through Iowa City, Hills, Riverside, and Kalona starting in 2021

Car and Driver Magazine: We Take an $80 Million Driving Simulator for a Spin

The University of Iowa uses a Toyota Camry and a lot of tech to study how humans interact with the future. We went for a drive.
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.