Our Mission

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


Inside the NADS-1 simulator

NADS pulls in nearly $1.5M to further study transition of control in automated vehicles

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) recently granted the University of Iowa National Advanced Driving Simulator (NADS) a $1.45 million award to further study transition of control in automated vehicles in a simulation environment.
360 globe view of the NADS-1 bay

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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.


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.

NADS-1 bay, 3D globe image

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