Cell Phones and Vehicle Safety

Widespread adoption of smart phones, cell phones and other mobile devices has changed many aspects of society dramatically. Understanding the relationship between device use, distracted driving and driver safety is a vital question for public health, safety and transportation. The project proposes to bring novel data to bear on this important question. The project will merge information about all fatal and non-fatal police-reported crashes with minute-by-minute, localized data on cell phone usage. Given increased use of mobile devices and increased use of information technology integrated directly into vehicles, the research will examine a question of vital importance and will addresses directly New England University of Transportation Center's (NEUTC's) research focus on driver distraction and safety.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $197622.00
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    Department of Transportation
    1200 New Jersey Avneue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Performing Organizations:

    New England University Transportation Center

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    77 Massachusetts Avenue, Room 40-279
    Cambridge, MA  United States  01239
  • Start Date: 20120601
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20160131
  • Source Data: RiP Project 33373

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01489796
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: New England University Transportation Center
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT12-G-UTC01, HVDR24-14
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Aug 15 2013 1:01AM