A few recent examples of our work with connected and automated vehicles include:

  • How do human interact with automated vehicle technologies, such as during transitions of control and measuring trust in the technology? (human factors research)
  • How do automated vehicles perform on rural roadways? (demonstration projects to gather data)
  • How can connected vehicles communicate with each other to improve safety in rural settings?

Project spotlight: ADS for Rural America

ADS for Rural America is funded by the U.S. DOT and aims to improve safety on our roadways, represent rural roads in AV research, and broaden mobility for those in rural areas. 

NADS research vehicles on rural road

ADS for Rural America

Visit our project website to learn more about this $7M USDOT-funded demonstration project, set to start testing an automated shuttle bus on Iowa roads in 2021. 

News: Connected and automated vehicles

Automated shuttle bus on rural Iowa road

Ride with us! Participation sign-up now open

Want to ride in a partially automated vehicle with us? We’re now looking for people who are age 65 or older, have a disability that affects their mobility (age 25 or older), or have low vision impairment (age 25 or older). We’ll be stopping in Iowa City, Hills, Riverside, and Kalona.
Staff member Cherie Roe speaks with members of the public at the Johnson County Fair

Summer outreach events

We've had a great time so far this summer attending local outreach events to talk to people about our ADS for Rural America project. We've been to three of the four communities along our project route: Riverside, Hills, and Iowa City.
Automated shuttle bus on rural Iowa road

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.
ADS shuttle bus LiDAR

Case study: Automated Driving Systems for Rural America

Our tech partners Hexagon | 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.
ADS Transit with labels

Project update: Equipment installed on new research vehicle

The Transit shuttle bus for the University of Iowa's ADS for Rural America project has been equipped with automated driving technology by Illinois-based AutonomouStuff.
birds eye view of parking lot

Autonomous Lingo in the Repair Space

Advertising campaigns have been overestimating vehicle’s capabilities since the 1960s, but with today’s technology, hyperbolic language has the power to be dangerous. NADS Director Dan McGehee explains.

Connected vehicle example

Blind corners and cresting hills can be dangerous spots on rural Iowa roads. In a project with the Iowa DOT, we tested an alert system that alerts drivers to hazards on the road before the driver may see them.