Feasibility of Using In-Vehicle Video Data to Explore How to Modify Driver Behavior that Causes Non-Recurring Congestion

Accidents resulting in fatalities and injuries may occur if a driver behaves in an inappropriate or less-than-optimal fashion in response to factors that cause or contribute to non-recurring congestion.  These include incident scenes, work zones, inclement weather, roadside distractions, and queues of vehicles.  Existing information, particularly in the form of video, can potentially provide insight regarding how to modify driver behavior that causes non-recurring congestion.  A number of field tests have been conducted in the past that have videotaped drivers.  The data from these field tests as well as other video data collection efforts that will occur in the SHRP 2 Safety area need to be examined.   First the feasibility needs to be determined of extracting useful information in order to make inferences about driver responses to factors that influence non-recurring congestion.  If the feasibility is established, then a detailed investigation is warranted. To infer from various research efforts that have used in-vehicle video in combination with other data different ways to improve travel time reliability by reducing inappropriate driver responses that cause non-recurring congestion.The research would also potentially draw upon the first year or two of data collected under the naturalistic driving study within the SHRP 2 Safety Focus Area. This research will provide guidance to decision makers for targeted programs aimed at reducing inappropriate driver response to factors that contribute to non-recurring congestion including secondary incidents, weather and roadside conditions.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $300000.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project L10

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Strategic Highway Research Program 2

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Project Managers:

    Hyman, William

  • Performing Organizations:

    Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg

    Virginia Tech Transportation Institute
    3500 Transportation Research Plaza
    Blacksburg, VA  United States  24061
  • Principal Investigators:

    Rakha, Hesham

  • Start Date: 20090108
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20100731
  • Source Data: RiP Project 15540

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01462723
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project L10
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:09PM